Napoleon frequently said that “The battles against women are the only which can be won fleeing” and this is because he was surrounded by so many women during all his life: his mother Letizia, his sisters, Josephine Beauharnais, all his lovers and then Marie Loise of Habsburg, the woman who gave him the son that he wanted for his succession.
Letizia, Napoleon's mother
He went usually to Madame Recamier’s salon, where he knew very important women. To reach to the support of one of the most important French revolutionaries, first he had to take interest in Theresa Tallien, she was known in Paris like Notre-Dame the Termidor. Also there (in 1795), he met Josephine Beauharnais ,his first wife and future empress. She was Paul Barras´mistress, but she married Napoleon in 1796 because he was younger and more handsome.
In 1796 Napoleon went to the conquest of Egypt, he really loved Josephine, but one of his lovers, Pauline Bellisle went with him dressed as a man, she was known as the French Cleopatra. Some time later, he came back to France with Josephine. She couldn’t have children, so she accepted divorcing (1810)Napoleon in order that he could get marriage again and had a successor.
In 1811 Napoleon married with Marie Loise of Austria, daughter of the emperor Francisco and niece of the last queen Maria Antoinette. She gave him a son in that same year. The baby was called Francisco-Carlos-José-Napoleon, and he received the title of King of Rome immediately, but he never reigned, because he died of tuberculosis at an early age.
Marie Loise of Austria
Although Napoleon had many mistresses, Josephine was the woman who marked Napoleon’s life. Rumours say that Josephine chose Napoleon´s mistresses after their divorce and some of the conspiracies against Napoleon were broken because she obtained the information sleeping with the conspirators.
Napoleon and her sons