'Bah! Women!... When you don't think of them you don't need them' Napoleon declared. This fresh account of the private life of Napoleon provides and authoritative account of the women in his life at all stages of his extraordinary career. The string of brief liasons led him to proclaim that the 'ordinary rule of morality and propriety' did not apply to him. From his marriages to his affairs with his various mistresses and the relationships with the women of his family, this portrait is as illuminating as it is compelling.