of the great loves of Napoleon Bonaparte's
life, Marie Walewska was a beautiful countess who met the French
emperor after his forces occupied Warsaw in 1807.
by Polish patriots as a way of improving her country's lot with
the emperor, Walewska's affair with Bonaparte grew into a long,
had a child, Alexandre, in 1810, and this proved to Bonaparte he
could produce a legitimate heir to the throne of France.
all his female companions, Walewska was the only one to journey
to see Bonaparte during his exile on Elba.