of the most sought after women of her time, Desiree Clary was the
daughter of wealthy parents and went on to become Queen of Sweden.
courted by Joseph Bonaparte, she
became engaged to him before becoming romantically involved with
his brother Napoleon.
engaged, she was also approached by other leading French soldiers
in General Junot and General
the offers put to her she married General
Bernadotte and, when he was adopted by the childless King of
Sweden, became royalty.
son became King Oscar I of Sweden and the royal house she helped
begin still reigns today.