A Guipuzcoan aristocrat, the Spanish favorite of Bonaparte who was king in Madrid

Marchioness by marriage, Pilar de Acedo was the almost consort of Pepe Botella. She shared with King Joseph I a passionate love story that would last six years. Her husband was consenting from the beginning of the relationship.

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Portrait of Mara Pilar de Acedo y Sarri, from the Bernardo Estorns Lasa Fund and of José Bonaparte, work by Joseph Flaugier.


The Esplanade des Invalides in Paris is packed. Everyone wants to see the great return to their homeland. Napoleon Bonaparte, died 19 years ago on the island of Saint Helena. Inside the enormous temple, only the royal family, the government and the most senior

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