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Désirée (the person)

Crown Princess Desideria (Désirée), by Robert Lefèvre, 1810 Bernardine Eugénie Désirée Clary was a real person, and the novel Désirée by Annemarie Selinko is based on actual events in her life. Although the book varies from known facts in several places, and obviously much of it is the author's invention, Désirée really was engaged to Napoleon Bonaparte, married to Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, and crowned Queen Desideria of Sweden.

On this site I have collected and created links to information about Désirée, her family, her contemporaries, and events in her life. Please look around, learn, and enjoy. If you are doing research on Désirée's life, I encourage you to investigate as many sources and books as you can find. Do not rely on any one source (even this site), and above all, do not assume everything in the novel is true!

Crown Prince Karl Johan and Crown Princess Désirée

Revised 24 January 2010.
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