By Peter Brooks
Opposed to the historic backdrop of the French day trip in 1840 to retrieve Napoleon's physique from Saint Helena, males and a girl locate themselves engulfed in long-dormant and unsafe political passions.
Philippe de Rohan-Chabot, an aristocratic younger diplomat, is charged with bringing the physique from the island felony the place Napoleon died to a wonderful tomb at Les Invalides in Paris. Chabot's rival is the getting older diplomat and writer Henri Beyle, identified to posterity as Stendhal. The enigmatic and impulsive Amelia Curial needs to unfastened herself from the shadow of her mother's scandalous loves and premature loss of life, and from the lifetime of stale conference that her relatives urges upon her. The useless emperor is a token in a political video game to soothe the enemies of the monarchy, yet that gamble imperils the king's rule and a brand new revolution looms. in the meantime, the interaction of the 3 principal characters lines a fragile trend of romance, longing, false impression, and the stumbling blocks to the pursuit of happiness.
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