Récamier, Juliette

BORN 4 Dec 1777, Lyon - DIED 11 May 1849, Paris
BIRTH NAME Bernard, Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 30, ligne 02, numéro 73)

When she was fifteen years old she married a rich banker who was 30 years her senior. At the time it was rumoured that he was her father and that he married her to be able to make her his heir.

She had a salon in Paris where the literary and political elite visited her. Among her visitors were J.B. Bernadotte and J.V.M. Moreau. Her husband lost most of his money in 1805. She refused to become a lady in waiting to Joséphine de Beauharnais and her friendship with Madame de Staël brought her under suspicion. Napoleon banished her from Paris and after a short stay in Lyon she went to Italy, where she was on good terms with Joachim Murat and Caroline Bonaparte. There was talk that she would divorce her husband and was to marry Prince Augustus of Prussia, but although her husband seemed to agree it didn't happen.

After Napoleon's abdication she returned to Paris and she lived at L'Abbaye-aux-Bois, a former convent. Here she was frequently visited by F.R. de Chateaubriand. She had many admirers, but never started affairs with them.

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The grave of Juliette Récamier at Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (18 May 2005)


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Published: 24 Mar 2008
Last update: 22 Oct 2022