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  • The Emperor in the news ....still today.

    Personaly i think we should have had this for a while so i'll lead off. Youse guys bring em when ya find em.
    Did you know that the Emperor wrote fiction?

    Napoleon Manuscript Page Takes $35,400

    PARIS (AP) — A single manuscript page from a love story written by Napoleon Bonaparte sold at auction in France on Sunday for $35,400, an auction house said.

    The item up for sale was the first page of the final draft of Napoleon's 1795 short novel "Clisson and Eugenie," said the Osenat auction house, based in Fontainebleau outside Paris.

    The page had been part of a private French family collection. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.

    The novel, never published in Napoleon's lifetime, was loosely based on the author's brief romance with Desiree Clary, the sister of his brother's wife.

    Scholars only realized the page's significance recently. It was long believed to be a page from a text Napoleon wrote about a historical figure named Clissot until Peter Hicks, a historian at the Fondation Napoleon, realized it was the beginning of his novel.

    Part of the confusion was Napoleon's messy writing.

    "Clisson and Eugenie," only 22 pages in its original handwritten form, was written when Napoleon was a 26-year-old general. Afterward, Napoleon turned his attention to political matters.


  • #2
    The Shock of the Old


    Published: December 9, 2007

    Napoleon’s occupation of Egypt in 1798 was among history’s more memorable military fiascos. A side skirmish in his drawn-out colonial competition with the British, by any measure the invasion went badly. The British promptly sank much of the French fleet, stranding the forces. A march across the desert from Alexandria to Cairo without so much as canteens, as Nina Burleigh tells us in “Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt,” left “untold hundreds” dead. A Muslim uprising at Cairo resulted in more deaths and, not insignificantly, the loss of any remnant of civility on the part of the French who, invading the Azhar mosque in an effort to crush an insurgency, desecrated the Koran and, as an Egyptian contemporary wrote, “soiled the mosque, blowing their spit in it ... and defecating in it.” And then there was the plague, which, together with dysentery and other diseases, may have killed as many as 10,000 of the French soldiers.


    Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt.

    By Nina Burleigh.

    Illustrated. 286 pp. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $25.95.

    Napoleon himself beat a retreat back to France after just a year, but his troops remained as uneasy and unwilling occupiers. Some historians see this venture as an exploratory expedition gone wrong. Others, including the historian Juan Cole in his recent book “Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East,” call it a brutal invasion. In an article in The Nation in August, Cole drew a parallel with our current situation in Iraq.

    In “Mirage,” Burleigh’s description of a young army overdressed for the sweltering heat (in Alpine wool uniforms), afraid and unable to communicate with the increasingly hostile locals, also has echoes of the present. Her principal subject, however, is not the military but the 151 “savants” Napoleon took along — geologists, mapmakers, naturalists, artists, even a musicologist. Most signed on enthusiastically, though they (like a majority of the troops) had no idea where they were going until shortly before they arrived in Alexandria. Burleigh focuses on 10 of the most prominent, organizing her chapters around an inventor, a mathematician, the engineers and so on. The artist Dominique-Vivant Denon, a “lace-cuffed” aesthete, as Burleigh tells us more than once, traveled widely throughout the country, making sketches on the fly, sometimes calmly drawing at his easel as bullets flew around him. The book he produced on his return became the first best seller of the 19th century, and he became the first director of the Louvre. The “revolutionary fanatic” Gaspard Monge, a geometer, was one of Napoleon’s closest companions (“Monge loved me as one loves a mistress,” Napoleon once said). Most significant, perhaps, were the contributions of the inventor Nicolas-Jacques Conté, who had developed the prototype for the modern pencil; short on supplies, the scientists “relied on salvage, severe economies and Nicolas Conté.”

    Burleigh, a journalist and the author of “A Very Private Woman,” a well-received account of the 1964 murder of the prominent Washington figure Mary Meyer, hurtles in less than 250 pages through the three grueling years the savants spent in Egypt, peppering her tale with multitudes of facts, digressions and anecdotes, recounted in a slightly encyclopidic tone. One longs to dwell a bit longer on a character like Savigny, who went to Egypt as a botanist but became obsessed instead with the country’s insect life. His catalog of Egyptian beetles and butterflies, which in some ways anticipated Darwin, was completed long after his return, by which time a mysterious eye ailment (probably picked up during the expedition) had left him so intolerant of light that he sometimes wore a steel mask and covered his head in black netting.

    The most famous artifact the scholars discovered was the Rosetta stone, which soon wound up in British possession. The French military leadership, ever impatient with the scientists left in their care, bargained it away, along with all the scientists’ notes, drawings and specimens, in the truce that finally allowed them to return home. To this day it sits in the British Museum despite Egypt’s request for its return, with a label that says only “Captured in Egypt by the British Army in 1801, presented by King George III.” Perhaps it was historic justice that a Frenchman eventually cracked the code (working from copies), in 1822.

    In the end, the notes and specimens were retrieved by the zoologist Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, a hero in France ever since, who argued that only the savants could decipher their own jottings, and threatened to destroy them rather than give them up. The British conceded, and crates of material were shipped to France. Over the next 26 years, the scientific veterans compiled the magnificent “Description de l’Égypte,” an oversize 24-volume encyclopedia published serially for wealthy subscribers, encompassing not only the natural history of Egypt but a history of its people, descriptions of the Pyramids and other monuments, and details of daily life, commerce and agriculture.

    The book’s legacy — and the legacy of Napoleon’s Egyptian adventure — was enormous, prompting the half-century of Egyptomania that swept Europe. The resulting decades of plunder brought Cleopatra’s Needle to New York, the Luxor obelisk to the Place de la Concorde, and room after room of mummies to the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum and the Louvre. Two hundred years later, a new struggle over national cultural heritage may in the end restore at least some of this magnificence to its country of origin.

    Katherine Bouton is the deputy editor of The Times Magazine.



    • #3
      Yo, fuggetaboutit!

      That's a great historical find.


      • #4
        The Emperor's nephew's remains to come home to France?


        France wants Napoleon III's remains back

        [email protected]


        • #5
          Originally posted by Centrix Vigilis View Post
          The Emperor's nephew's remains to come home to France?


          France wants Napoleon III's remains back

          [email protected]
          Very interesting story, thanks CV. After all this time they want him back, what took them so long.
          Last edited by Post Captain; 09 Dec 07, 13:53.
          Never Fear the Event

          Admiral Lord Nelson


          • #6
            Another link
            'Unworthy' France pursues Napoleon III

            By Peter Allen in Paris
            Last Updated: 2:15am GMT 10/12/2007

            France will today request the return to French soil of the remains of its last emperor and first president, Napoleon III.

            After lying ignored in a crypt in an English abbey for 120 years, the exiled emperor's ashes are suddenly the subject of a French ministerial delegation intent on repatriating them to the republic he helped bring about.
            Christian Estrosi, the French secretary of state for overseas territories, said: "This trip will be for me an occasion to send a clear message to the British, to thank them for all they did for the imperial couple in exile, but also to remind them that we have some rights over them."

            But Mr Estrosi, who will visit St Michael's Abbey, Hampshire, to request the return of the ashes, may receive a frosty reception from the abbey's Benedictine monks. They say the French disowned their former leader and continue to ignore his legacy.

            In a statement to the French people, Abbot Cuthbert Brogan, who runs the abbey, said: "Unlike the English, who are very interested in the memory of your last emperor, not a single French person comes and meditates at the crypt where his remains lie.

            "I hope that your overseas minister is coming to ask for forgiveness.
            It's the least he can do in terms of politeness because you, the French, attach great importance to politeness."

            Commenting on Mr Estrosi's intention to spend 10 minutes in silent reverence by the tomb, the abbot went on: "Ten minutes for a silence of 120 years! They are not interested in the remains at all.

            "What do you think of someone who has shown no interest in someone for much of his life and who suddenly claims, more than a century later, that the body belongs to him?"
            Born in Paris in 1808, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte was the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, and lived just as colourful a life.

            After a number of foreign adventures, his forces were roundly defeated in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, prompting him to flee with his wife, Empress Eugenie, to Chislehurst, Kent, where he remained in exile until his death in 1873.

            Despite the ignominy of his later years - especially the crushing defeat by the Prussians at the Battle of Sedan - France owes much to Napoleon III.

            He had a huge hand in turning Paris into the elegant city so loved by tourists today - he replaced its unhygienic medieval streets with wide boulevards, created sewage systems and built parks and impressive apartment blocks for the masses.

            The French, who want to reunite Napoleon III with his uncle's body in Les Invalides, in Paris, can also thank him for their railway network, and for creating a modern economy modelled on that of Victorian Britain.

            Last edited by Post Captain; 10 Dec 07, 12:41.
            Never Fear the Event

            Admiral Lord Nelson


            • #7
              excellent followup Mike danke schoen.



              • #8
                still can't get enough of him in either or stage.



                • #9
                  I'm sticking this one up, so we can easly find it and post new stuff as we find it.
                  Thanks for starting this thread.
                  All warfare is based on deception.
                  Sun Tzu - Art of war - Chapter One - Laying Plans


                  • #10
                    A tip of the hat to the Capt for the recognition..Thank you Sir.



                    • #11
                      No need to thank me. It's only fair to recognized what everyone is doing great around here.
                      I wish I could give yo'll much more rep points.
                      Wish you a great 2008.
                      All warfare is based on deception.
                      Sun Tzu - Art of war - Chapter One - Laying Plans


                      • #12
                        A book review for the faithful.



                        • #13
                          Sounds interesting, once again thanks for the heads up.
                          All warfare is based on deception.
                          Sun Tzu - Art of war - Chapter One - Laying Plans


                          • #14
                            another one on Mirage.



                            • #15
                              Thursday, 18 January 2007, Agençe France-Presse
                              Terrible French food killed Napoleon

                              Napoleon Bonaparte, ruler of France from 1799 until 1815, was killed not by a British assassination, but by the bad food he ate while on campaign, according to researchers.

                              PARIS: Napoleon was killed not by a British assassination, but by dreadful French food, according to a new study.

                              Nearly 186 years after his death, a team of U.S. pathologists has cleared Britain of the calumny that it murdered Napoleon, declaring instead that l'empereur was felled by stomach cancer - and French military food was a possible cause.

                              In the latest twist in a long-running medical saga, the research team reassessed Napoleon's clinical history, the original autopsy and other documents, and compared this evidence with data from 135 gastric cancer patients.

                              In the January issue of the British journal Gastroenterology and Hepatology they report no evidence to support the enduring myth in France that the perfidious British poisoned Napoleon while he was exiled on St. Helena, where he died in 1821 at the age of 51.

                              These dark suspicions have endured for nearly two centuries, in part nourished by the discovery that locks of hair cut from Bonaparte after his death contained arsenic that was between seven and 38 times normal levels.

                              Instead, the U.S. team confirms that the official autopsy, which concluded stomach cancer was the cause of death, was right. The post-mortem was a thorough and detailed examination carried out by Bonaparte's personal doctor, Francesco Antommarchi, in the presence of five British physicians.

                              The autopsy found a huge tumour that ran at least 10 centimetres down the side of Napoleon's stomach. It also came across 'enlarged and hardened' gastric lymph nodes - indicators, according to the study, that this cancer was in an advanced, tertiary stage.

                              The study also examined Napoleon's family medical history and diet, and reported scant evidence that Napoleon had a genetic predisposition to cancer. According to the team, the likelihood is that the disease developed, as is common today, from a stomach ulcer - perhaps exacerbated by the bad food he ate while on campaign with his army.

                              "The risk might have been further increased by his diet, which probably included salt-preserved foods, thoroughly roasted meats and few fresh fruits and vegetables - standard fare for long military campaigns," said the study.

                              Even today, "patients with such tumours have a notoriously poor prognosis," reported the study. "Even if the former emperor had been released or had escaped from his island prison of St. Helena before his death in 1821, his terminal condition would have prevented him from having a further major role in the theatre of European history," it added.

                              Irrespective of the cause of his death, a small but vocal group in France is campaigning for Napoleon's corpse, buried beneath the gilt dome of the Invalides military hospital in Paris, to be disinterred and submitted for a DNA test. They believe the British swapped bodies, sending France a Bonaparte lookalike in a final act of Anglo-Saxon treachery.

                              Last edited by Post Captain; 14 Jan 08, 07:34.
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