The Allure of the Occult: The Bonapartes and the Sibyl of Saint-Germain

James Illingworth

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    The collection of Napoleonic paintings at the Bowes Museum includes a portrait of Marie-Anne Lenormand, a mystic and cartomancer famous for reading the palms of Joséphine and Napoleon Bonaparte. Using this famous connection to her own advantage, after Napoleon's exile in 1815 Lenormand produced a series of memoirs reflecting on her experiences of the Bonapartes and their contemporaries. This paper explores Lenormand's life and legacy, reflecting on the allure of occultism in a century of revolution and upheaval, and considers also the question of celebrity in nineteenth-century France.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Allure of Napoleon
    Subtitle of host publicationEssays Inspired by the Collections of the Bowes Museum
    EditorsTom Stammers
    Pages29-32
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

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    Illingworth, J. (2017). The Allure of the Occult: The Bonapartes and the Sibyl of Saint-Germain. In T. Stammers (Ed.), The Allure of Napoleon: Essays Inspired by the Collections of the Bowes Museum (pp. 29-32)
    Illingworth, James. / The Allure of the Occult: The Bonapartes and the Sibyl of Saint-Germain. The Allure of Napoleon: Essays Inspired by the Collections of the Bowes Museum. editor / Tom Stammers. 2017. pp. 29-32
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