Madame Récamier and Her Battle With the Emperor
Juliette Récamier was a surprisingly formidable woman who represented an icon of neoclassicism and was considered a stunning beauty. Once when she attended a popular salon held by German mystic named Madame de Krüdener, her entrance caused so much commotion and distraction that Madame de Krüdener wrote to a friend of Juliette's and entreated him to ask Juliette to make herself less charming.
She was so appealing that practically any man who met her fell for her. The Duke of Wellington did and so did the Prince Augustus of Prussia. Even Napoleon's younger brother Lucien found himself bewitched by her. In fact, he was crazy about her, wrote her numerous romantic letters, and called himself her "Romeo."