So I just discovered the link between Aimee Dubucq de Rivery and Josephine de Beauharnais; they were cousins indeed. Aimee’s father was a cousin of the Gaignerons Jolliment Marolles, who were distant cousins by marriage to Josephine. So yes, I can pull this off in fiction! Now there’s the question of figuring out the fictional birthdate (Aimee Augustine’s real birthdate was December 4, 1776); since there is some confusion with Marie-Marthe-Aimee and Aimee Augustine, I’m probably going to move the birth year to an earlier date.
But really, I need to stop being so anal about keeping everything “true to history” when this is supposed to be a historical fantasy and isn’t even supposed to be real at all. It’s rather liberating because I can play with the timeline a little more, unlike with the Ripper novel, in which I want to keep the timeline as accurate as possible. Nonetheless, when I’ve made satisfactory progress in either one, I will post a bit here and there.
Image of Aimee via Wikipedia.org.