Napoleonic necklace

The affair was shrouded in secrecy, though Warsaw society was electrified by rumours of the liaison. Public Domain/ Creative commons attribution-share alike 3.0 unproved licence

This week we take a look at the story behind a necklace that French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his Polish lover Maria Walewska.

In this episode of The Debrief we speak to resident history expert Stuart Dowell, who explains how a gold and diamond necklace which the French leader gave his Polish mistress failed to sell at auction.

The original receipt that came with the necklace shows that it was purchased in Breslau, now Wrocław, on 4 May 1810, just six days before Walewska gave birth to their lovechild.

Read the full story HERE.