22. The Empress Eugenie and Farnborough

22. The Empress Eugenie and Farnborough
Hampshire Papers 22: The Empress Eugenie and Farnborough
by William Smith (2001)

This paper tells the fascinating story of Eugenie, wife of Emperor Napoleon III, and Empress of the French, who following exile to England in 1870 and the deaths of her husband in 1873 and her son in 1879, purchased Farnborough Hill, a substantial property in Farnborough which was to be her English home until her death in 1920.

The paper describes how she built a church at Farnborough, St Michael's Abbey, to house the bodies of her husband and son, and founded a religious community there to act as guardians of the tombs and perform the necessary religious duties. It also sheds light on her life in Farnborough, the many royal visitors she received, her friendship with the Queen, her support for women's suffrage and her interest in local affairs, and it describes how she turned her home, Farnborough Hill, into a convalescent home during the 1914-1918 War.

Physical description 295mm x 210mm; softback; 20 pages.
Published in 2001 by Hampshire County Council.

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