----- Original Message -----
From: Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello
To: Carolyn Kunin
Cc: don barton johnson
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004 10:05 PM
Subject: Fw: Marie Louise, Napoleon and Neipperg/second posting

Dear Carolyn,
You wrote, following the E.Brittannica,  that "long before the news of
 Napoleon's death reached her, she was living in intimate relations with
 Neipperg at Parma, and bore a son to him not long after that event."

 My sources are not as established and tradicional as the E.B, but were
 gathered from a novel about Marie Louise´s sister Leopoldine, who moved to Brazil after she was married to King Pedro I.  It informed the reader that  Marie Louise bore Neipperg a daughter in Parma  around August 1817.
Metternich  kept the news from the Austrian Imperial family, as he also had kept secret Napoleon´s letters to Marie Louise. Napoleon died in 1821 while M.L was expecting another child from Neipperg ( Metternich´s protegé ). Because she´d become a widow, her son could now be officially acknowledged.
The two children were Albertine, Countess of Montenuovo (1817-1867, married Luigi, Count di Fontanellato) and  Wilhelm Albrecht, Count of Montenuovo, later created Prince of Montenuovo (1819-1895, married Countess Juliana Batthyány von Némét-Ujvár).

That´s all I could learn about her and this is why I thought that Napoleon
 could have been distraught or jealous because she didn´t answer his messages  from Elba, nor did she obey his summons.Akiko seems to consider that Marie Louise has no importance in TT ( and I agree with her but I wanted to establish a motive for Napoleon´s jealousy or anger )