Is it true that Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais never consummated their marriage?

Not true at all. By all accounts, Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais had a very passionate relationship.

Still, there was a painful moment on their wedding night when man’s best friend became anything but. They were in bed making love when suddenly Napolean cried out.

Josephine thought he was in the throes of passion, but it wasn’t the love bug that was biting him. It was her dog.

Apparently thinking his mistress was being attacked, the dog had jumped onto the bed and bit Napoleon on the leg.

“All night the disappointed Josephine had to put compresses on her invalid’s wound,” wrote biographer M. de Ravine. “He huddled in the bed, moaning loudly that he was dying of rabies.”

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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