Napoleon’s engagement ring is to be sold.
Excerpts from time.com with Japanese translation.



Napoleon Bonaparte Engagement Ring Goes Up For Auction


By  March 16, 2013
文)Sorcha Pollak  2013年3月16日

Image: osenat.fr

The engagement ring that Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his fiancée and future empress Joséphine will go on sale this weekend at the Osenat auction house in Fonatinebleau outside Paris, reports the Daily Mail. The auction house describes the ring as a “simple” band decorated with two tear-shaped gems. But while the ring itself may be simple, the love story behind it is far more complicated.


Bonaparte met Joséphine (or Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, as she was known then) in 1795. She was a widow six years his senior, and had been caring alone for her two children ever since her husband was guillotined during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. They married the following year, and Napoleon almost immediately left to command the French army near Italy. But the general was smitten with his new bride and wrote her numerous love letters expressing his desire that they be together:


However, Joséphine soon became indifferent to her husband’s demonstrations of love and began distancing herself from Bonaparte. She rarely replied to his correspondence and began an affair with a young officer, according to PBS. Even though his new bride’s infidelities filled him with rage, Napoleon continued to write impassioned letters.


The combination of Joséphine’s affairs, her extravagant spending habits and her inability to give the emperor a male heir finally ended the union and the marriage was annulled in 1810, writes the BBC. He quickly married the daughter of the Austrian emperor and a son was born soon after. However, Napoleon never forgot his love for Joséphine and it is believed his final words on his deathbed in exile on the island of St. Helena were “France. The army. The head of the army. Joséphine,” writes The Local.

BBCによると、ジョゼフィーヌの不倫と散財癖、そして、跡継ぎをもうけることができなかったことにより、とうとう1810年に離婚することになった。ナポレオンはすぐにオーストリア皇帝の息女と結婚し、間もなく男子をもうけた。ところが、The Local紙によると、ナポレオンはジョゼフィーヌへの想いを断ち切れず、追放先のセント・ヘレナ島での臨終の床で、次のような最後の言葉をつぶやいたと言われている。「フランス。軍隊。最高指揮官。ジョゼフィーヌ。」

Osenat auction house estimates that the Bonaparte engagement ring will sell for between  €10,000 – €15,000 ($13,000 – $19,600). However, the ring is notably simple for a man who went on to become emperor of France. “At the time, Napoleon had very little money,” Osenat’s Jean-Christophe Chataignier explained to the Daily Mail. “The ring is a very ordinary one.”

オズナオークションハウスは、ナポレオンの婚約指輪に€10,000 – €15,000 ($13,000 – $19,600)の値がつくと見込んでいる。だが、後にフランス皇帝となる男の指輪にしては、あまりにも簡素だ。「ナポレオンは当時、ほとんど財産を持っていませんでした。」と、オズナのジャン=クリストフ・シャテニエ氏がデイリー・メール紙に語っている。「この指輪は平凡な指輪です。」

Image: time.com
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circa 1800: Corsican born soldier and Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) and his wife Josephine De Beauharnais (1763 – 1814).
1800年頃:コルシカ生まれの軍人でフランス皇帝のナポレオン・ボナパルト(1769 – 1821)と、妻のジョゼフィーヌ・ド・ボアルネ(1763 – 1814)


Sold At Auction for $949,000