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Augusta (Bußmann) Hermann (1790)

Augusta Hermann formerly Bußmann aka Brentano
Born [location unknown]
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Wife of — married 1807 (to 1811) [location unknown]
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Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 29 Aug 2019
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Biography

Half-sister to Marie d'Agoult, the famous countess and lover of Franz Liszt. Like her sister, Augusta lived passionately. In 1806 she fell in love with a French officer who was equerry to Hortense Bonaparte. Her family disapproved, and Augusta transferred her affections to the poet Klemens Brentano, a man as unsuitable for her as the first.

Augusta invited Brentano on a carriage-ride, but when he entered her carriage, he found Augusta in a wedding dress with two witnesses alongside her. They raced to the altar, and spent the next 4 years in a stormy relationship before divorcing. Augusta then became a fanatical supporter of Napoleon and even tried to follow him into exile. Finally, she settled down and married a man to her family's liking.

Sources

  • Bolster, Richard. 'Marie d'Agoult: The Rebel Countess', pub. 2008.


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