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Memoirs of Constant, Vol. 3

Excerpt from Memoirs of Constant, Vol. 3: First Valet De Chambre of the Emperor, on the Private Life of Napoleon, His Family and His Court Return to Saint-Cloud -Departure for Bayonne - Terrors of the Empress Josephine - Adieux - A mysterious sachet worn in campaign by the Emperor - Presentiment - Arrival at Vittoria - Taking of Burgos - Bivouac of grenadiers of the old guard - On march to Madrid - Passing the defile of Somo-Sierra - Arrival before Madrid - The Emperor at the house of the mother of the Due de l'Infantado - Taking of Madrid - Respect of the Spaniards for royalty - The Marquis de Saint-Simon condemned to death and pardoned by His Majesty - Re-entry of King Joseph into Madrid - Adventure of a beautiful Spanish actress - Napoleon's horror of perfumes - Amorous tete-a-tete - Sudden headache - The young actress rudely dismissed by the Emperor - Poverty of the soldiers - The abbess of the convent of Tordesillas - Arrival at Valladolid - Assassinations committed by Dominican monks - Hubert, the Emperor's valet, attacked by the monks - The monks forced to appear before the Emperor - Great wrath - Quarrel pressed on Constant by Grand Marshal Duroc - Constant's distress - Kindness and justice of the Emperor - Reconciliation - The grand marshal's good-will toward Constant - Constant's illness at Valladolid - The fever successfully treated - Return to Paris - Disgrace of Prince de Talleyrand. His Majesty remained but ten days at Saint-Cloud; and of these he spent two or three at Paris, for the opening of the legislative session; at noon, October 29, he set off a second time for Bayonne. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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