10 of History’s Most Famous Black Sheep
Less than favorite sons (and daughters)
Pauline Bonaparte – The little sister of Napoleon, Emperor of France, loved opulence. She used her servants as footstools. Napoleon had a habit of installing his family members as puppet kings and queens of the countries he conquered, so once she sold a country she didn't want for several million francs. Her illicit love affairs were so numerous and so flaunted that Napoleon finally forced her to get married, hoping to stop the public embarrassment. “When that husband died, he found a new one for her,” writes Benjamin at Wierdworm. “Pauline was not put off. She had one of the most famous artists of the time do a sculpture" – topless. Napoleon was mortified.