Josephine and Aimee
In the first of "Did you know" series there is a short story of Josephine and Aimee.
Josephine was the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte and Aimee, also known as Naksidil Sultan, the wife of Sultan Abdul Hamid and mother of Sultan Mahmud II often described as " Peter the Great" of Turkey due to reforms he instituted including abolition of Janissary corps in 1826.
Josephine was born as Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie and Aimee was born as Aimee du Buc de Rivery . Aimee was a distant cousin-in-law of Josephine. Both were raised in Martinique, French colony.
Both cousins had very adventurous and dramatic life with Josephine to lose her first husband to the Guillotine and Aimee to be captured by pirates and sold in the slave market to the Governor General of Algeir who took her to Constantinople and present her as a gift to Sultan Abdul Hamid.
Both had to face endless intrigues and both managed to become very important figures in French and Ottoman Empires!
Aimee, in her letter to Josephine reminiscences their joint childhood in Martinique stating how important was the drill they both received from their mothers on how education, well education and manners can help in overcoming any life difficulties!
And it was so as Josephine from near Guillotine became French Empress and Aimee from the slave market became Naskidil Sultan(First wife of the Sultan and mother of future Sultan Mahmud II).
Never ever give up and constantly learn!
Life always have surprises ready for you!
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