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  • The Vendee Massacre: Europe's forgotten Shoah

    06/15/2016 4:51:27 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 37 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Mainestategop
    An awesome documentary on the Vendee uprising and the massacre of catholics in France in the French Revolution The Vendee is a taboo in France. It is nearly forgotten but thankfully isn't. In 1793, after the execution of Louis XVI, Catholic Farmers in the Vendee region of France revolted against the newly formed godless republic headed by Robbspierre. The response by the newly created republic was monstrous. Over Half a milllion people, men women children and elderly were put to death by the government for opposing it and for promoting Catholic faith. Very few acknowledged its existence, John Paul II...
  • On the Fritz: Rethinking Frederick the Great

    04/29/2016 9:22:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    National Interest ^ | April 28, 2016 | William Anthony Hay
    Tim Blanning, Frederick the Great: King of Prussia (New York: Random House, 2016), 688 pp., $35.00. NAPOLEON SWIFTLY conquered Prussia in October 1806, inflicting crushing defeats at Jena and Auerstedt that humbled a realm long known for its military tradition. A bulletin announcing news of the two battles described them as expunging the fifty-year stain left by Frederick the Great’s victory over a French army at Rossbach in 1757. When he visited Frederick the Great’s tomb with a group of his generals, Napoleon purportedly instructed them, “hats off gentlemen, if he were alive we wouldn’t be here today.”
  • Anyone Familiar Books of Dr. Anthony Napoleon?

    03/28/2016 6:45:58 AM PDT · by stayathomemom · 12 replies
    none | None
    I have been following Dr. Anthony Napoleon @Napoleonlegal on Twitter. He is a forensic psychologist and author of a few books, one of which I am currently reading called Shadow Men. It's a very interesting read about those who really have been pulling the strings throughout history. I was just curious if any other Freepers out there have stumbled upon him. His tweets are interesting and thought provoking. Maybe worth a "follow".
  • Today in History for October 19th

    10/19/2015 7:31:52 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2015 | Nancy Lyons
    Highlights of this day in history: British surrender at Yorktown decides American Revolution; Stock market crash hits Wall Street in late 1980s; Napoleon's forces begin retreat from Moscow; Concorde makes first landing in New York. (Oct. 19)
  • New Study Identifies Louse-Borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army

    12/15/2005 5:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 738+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-15-2005
    : Infectious Diseases Society of America Date: 2005-12-15 New Study Identifies Louse-borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army Using dental pulp extracted from the teeth of soldiers who died during Napoleon’s disastrous retreat through Russia in 1812, a new study finds DNA evidence that epidemic typhus and trench fever ran rampant among the French Grand Army. The study, published in the Jan. 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online, identifies the specific species of louse-borne pathogens that were a major cause of death among the remains of the retreating army. Napoleon marched into Russia in the summer...
  • Obama: Muslim, Napoleon Bonaparte redux or worse

    07/05/2015 12:36:36 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 5, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Napoleon sometimes claimed to be a Muslim. Obama often claims to be a Christian. Napoleon sought, and Obama seeks, power and glory through pretense. Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon's life and history are summarized at Wikipedia. He supported the French Revolution and was appointed General of the Army of Italy at the age of twenty-five. Three years later, he commanded an expedition against Egypt. This post compares his and Obama's religious and political efforts to gain the confidence of Muslims. The lengthy quotations provided in this section of the post are from Worlds at War - the 2,500 year struggle between East and West, 2008, by Anthony Pagden. While en route to...
  • How 400 Germans Won the Battle of Waterloo

    06/23/2015 10:34:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Jun 2015
    On June 18th, 1815, 400 Hanoverian soldiers were the only thing standing between defeat and victory for the alliance against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.In 1811, Napoleon's empire and its allies had over 44 million subjects and covered most of Europe. But after being defeated in 1813 and 1814 by the Sixth Coalition, which included Austria, Prussia, Russia, Britain, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and other German states, Napoleon was forced to abdicate and exiled to the island of Elba. The First French Empire was dissolved, and the Bourbon monarchy restored, but in February 1815 Napoleon escaped from his exile and...
  • At Waterloo Re-Enactment, History So Real You Can Taste It

    06/20/2015 9:07:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | JUNE 20, 2015 | Eleanor Beardsley
    Tens of thousands of people have been gathering in the Belgian countryside over the last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The bloody battle of June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat for Napoleon at the hands of a coalition of his enemies. The re-enactment is attracting history buffs, tourists and wannabe soldiers. French lawyer Franck Samson, dressed as Napoleon, takes part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Ligny in central Belgium on June 14. The re-enactment of Ligny, Napoleon's last victory, is part of bicentenary celebrations of the Battle of Waterloo. PARALLELS 200...
  • Wellington's mud-streaked Waterloo battle cloak up for auction

    06/18/2015 9:37:54 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 17, 2015
    A plain dark cloak still streaked with mud from the battle of Waterloo – which the Duke of Wellington is said to have draped around the shoulders of Lady Caroline Lamb when he was one of the most famous, and she one of the most infamous people in Europe – is to be sold for the first time in 200 years. The victor of Waterloo and the tempestuous aristocrat, who was once served up naked in a silver dish at a dinner, had a brief fling in Brussels in the weeks after the battle on 18 June 1815 which changed...
  • Most Britons have no idea about Waterloo

    04/25/2015 9:39:10 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 99 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 20 Apr 2015 08:51 GMT+02:00
    With the 200th anniversary of the famous Battle of Waterloo just two months away a survey in Britain has revealed that most ofthe public know little about it and some even think it's just an Abba song, while many thought the French actually won. A survey of Britons published in the build-up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo found three-quarters knew little or nothing about it -- while many thought France won. The poll of 2,070 people for the National Army Museum found 73 percent either knew nothing or next to nothing about the battle, one of...
  • Waterloo 200: Charles Ewart, the “Most Illustrious Grey”

    04/04/2015 1:02:07 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    Waterloo 200 ^ | 4th April 2015 | Owen Davis
    'In 1936 the mortal remains of Ensign Ewart were discovered under a builders’ yard in Salford, it would take another two years for his remains to be reinterred in 1938 on Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade at a grand ceremony to which the descendants of Ewart’s family were invited along with many other dignitaries and honoured guests. There is a longstanding tradition in my family that my great-great-aunt was invited, as a descendant of Ensign Ewart, to attend the re-internment. Indeed it is no coincidence that the family maintained a tradition of carrying on the name of Ewart, which was exemplified by...
  • Ministers refuse to mark Waterloo: Campaigners say Government do not want to offend France

    06/13/2013 7:42:48 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 44 replies
    Dail;yMail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Ian Drury
    Tt is often regarded as the British Army’s greatest military victory. Led into battle by the Duke of Wellington, UK troops routed Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, a triumph ushering in almost a century of peace and stability in Europe. But the Government is refusing to mark the battle’s 200th anniversary in 2015 amid suspicions it does not want to offend France. SNIP Brussels is spending at least £20million on commemorative events, including restoring the battlefield. SNIP James Morrow, secretary of Waterloo 200, ...said he was ‘disappointed’. SNIP ‘The Belgian government has spent millions on events to commemorate the...
  • Today's Coffee and Markets--David Pietrusza talks 200th anniversary of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo

    06/18/2015 9:34:15 AM PDT · by statestreet · 7 replies
    Coffee and Markets ^ | June 15, 2015 | Brad Jackson
    On today's "Coffee and Markets" podcast historian David Pietrusza discusses the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo with host Brad Jackson.
  • Waterloo and the End of Napoleonic War

    06/18/2015 6:24:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 18, 2015 | James A. Warren
    The Duke of Wellington famously described his first and last battlefield confrontation with Napoleon as a “the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.” He was referring, of course, to the Battle of Waterloo, a bloody, furious one-day engagement in and around a village in northern Belgium of that name, fought 200 years ago today between France’s Army of the North and an allied army of British, Prussian, and Dutch troops under Wellington’s overall command.
  • Why Waterloo still fascinates us

    06/17/2015 6:31:08 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/18/15 | Andrew Roberts
    ... Waterloo lit the slow fuse of the horrifying force of German hypernationalism, the defeat of which required the sacrifice of the British Empire 130 years later. Although at the time the battle seemed merely like the last of a series of traditional dynastic and territorial struggles, in fact Waterloo ushered in the modern world. And as Winston Churchill predicted at the end of the 19th century: "The wars of peoples will be more terrible than the wars of kings."

    04/30/2015 9:30:15 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/29/2015 | BILL FEDERER
    Spain claimed most of North America by virtue of first discovery by Desoto and Coronado. Since the area had little gold, it was of little use to the Spanish empire, and thus was sparsely settled for centuries. Beginning in 1673, the French missionary priest Jacque Marquette and French explorer Louis Joliet, came down from Canada to Lake Michigan to the Fox River to the Mississippi, as far south as Arkansas. In 1699, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, started the first French settlement, at Fort Maurepas (now Ocean Springs, Mississippi). ... Napoleon continued: “Everything in Christ astonishes me. His spirit...
  • How Catholics brought Napoleon to his knees

    01/02/2015 2:07:21 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 2, 2015 | Andrew Roberts
    Pius VII sits behind Napoleon in Jacques-Louis David’s coronation painting (1807) Locking up the Pope alienated millions of the faithful and was one of Bonaparte’s most stupid mistakes“She was on her way home from church when she felt labour pains,” Napoleon would say of his mother Letizia, “and had only time to get into the house, when I was born, not on a bed, but on a heap of tapestry.” Napoleon Bonaparte’s fraught relations with the Catholic Church started early in life, for although his mother was a devout Catholic, his father was a Voltairean who despised popular religion....
  • When Napoleon Met His Waterloo!

    11/11/2014 3:02:20 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 November 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    This is kinda interesting, seeing the English repel repeated assaults,  then the Prussians came-in from the east and hit the French flank: 'Every puppy has his day, everybody has to pay...' (click pic to play Stonewall Jackson)   Reddit   YouTube
  • Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator

    11/07/2014 6:43:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 7, 2014 | J.P. O'Malley
    Napoleon Bonaparte died on May 5, 1821. More books have been written with his name in the subject line than the number of days that have passed since. So writing yet another biography about one of the most iconic and controversial statesman of 19th century Europe seems, at first glance, like a fruitless task. That is, of course, unless one has something new to say about the French emperor. In Napoleon A Life the British historian Andrew Roberts seeks to revaluate what he calls the “caricature we have come to think of as Napoleon.” Ever since Hitler visited Napoleon’s tomb...
  • Psychological Warfare and Terrorism (de fanging Islam)

    10/25/2014 1:57:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 23, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    In a recent column, I suggested that one of the best ways to fight terrorism is by undermining the terrorist’s ideology. For example, by undercutting the belief that seventy-two virgins await the young martyr in paradise, you simultaneously undermine the will to fight.That’s not to say that the standard method of fighting terrorists—with guns—can be safely abandoned. The propaganda war works best when it is reinforced by the shooting war. The more convincingly force is applied on the battlefield, the more convincing will be the ideological arguments.If, for example, you’re an ISIS fighter and you see your buddies on...
  • Sunday referendum may see Venice elect to secede from Italy

    03/16/2014 9:20:39 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 29 replies
    Voting begins Sunday on a referendum on whether Venice and its surrounding region should secede from the rest of Italy, in an attempt to restore its 1,000-year history as a sovereign republic. La Serenissima — or the Most Serene Republic of Venice — was an independent trading power for a millennium before its last leader was deposed by Napoleon in 1797.
  • Bungling French bureaucrats send census letter to Napoleon Bonaparte -who died in 1821

    12/11/2013 6:37:41 PM PST · by Stoat · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 11, 2013 | Sara Malm
    French bureaucrats gathering information for the national census may need to go back to history class after they sent a letter to Napoleon.Official census body Insee addressed a letter to the late French emperor – and were told to forward their request to Saint Peter.Insee is now facing questions about the accuracy of their work as Napoleon has been dead for nearly 200 years. (edit)
  • Detroit Mayoral Election: What difference, at this point, does it make?

    11/07/2013 5:12:31 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Dewey From Detroit ^ | 11-6-2013 | Dewey From Detroit
    Detroit held an election yesterday and as I advised MOTUS at the time, what difference, at this point, does it make?   Zombieland Detroit: have at it Both candidates appeared to be qualified and either one of them would have been more qualified to run for president than Barack Obama was in 2008 - aside from the perfectly creased pant legs that is. Candidates Benny, left; the winner Mike, right. Since the Detroit Mayoral election is non-partisan, candidates are not listed by political party; there’s no need - there simply aren’t any Republicans here. This year the election came down...
  • Detroit poised to elect its first white mayor since 1974

    11/03/2013 1:44:11 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 3, 2013 | Alana Semuels
    DETROIT — The last time there was a white mayor of Detroit, the Vietnam War was just ending and the nation was getting used to a Supreme Court decision called Roe vs. Wade. But now this city, which is in the midst of a trial to determine whether it is eligible for bankruptcy protection, is set to elect its first white mayor since 1974, Mike Duggan, and by an overwhelming margin. Recent polls show Duggan up by a nearly 2-1 margin over his opponent, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, in a city that is 82% African American.
  • French Revolution and the triumph of liberal fascism

    09/08/2013 10:04:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | 7Sept13 | Ellis Washington
    For the progressive left, all roads lead to the French Revolution (1789-99) which was the first totalitarian revolution, the genesis of modern totalitarianism, and the spiritual foundation for the Russian Communist, Italian Fascist and German Nazi revolutions. A nationalist-populist rebellion, it was established and controlled by a small intellectual braintrust hellbent on killing God, Christianity, capitalism and objective truth thus devolving Western civilization into a savage society based on a political religion that deified "the people," anointed the revolutionary elites as their priests, and destroyed the rights of individuals. As Robespierre put it, "The people is [sic] always worth more...
  • Napoleon Invented Modern Idea Of Public Relations

    08/07/2013 8:01:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 7, 2013 | Monica Showalter
    Forth In A Series Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Unlike any leader before him, Napoleon Bonaparte engineered his rise to power, almost out of nowhere, not only through military prowess — but also through his mastery of propaganda to stir the public. "What strikes one almost immediately is the depth to which Bonaparte understood the art of propaganda and the degree to which he was personally involved in its creation," wrote historian Wayne Hanley in "The Genesis of Napoleonic Propaganda, 1796-1799." That's what led to Napoleon — almost a foreigner — to reach the heights of power and secure...
  • How a rousing Russian tune took over our July 4th

    07/05/2013 10:49:35 AM PDT · by Borges · 54 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 7/4/2003 | Andrew Druckenbrod
    Cookouts, fireworks and the "1812 Overture." On the Fourth of July, we hold these truths to be self-evidently American, right? Don't light the cannon fuses just yet. The "1812 Overture" may be an American tradition, with its patriotic strains and thunderous battery. But while orchestras across the land, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra tonight at Point State Park, will perform it with clanging bells and cannon fire, the music could hardly be any more distant from the Stars and Stripes. That's because the overture, written by famed composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, depicts Napoleon's retreat from Russia in 1812, not America's...
  • Tallying the winners and losers of the War of 1812

    12/12/2012 4:08:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | December 12, 2012 | James Careless
    The human cost of the War of 1812 was dramatic. Some 35,000 people were killed, wounded or missing at the end of the war. York (now Toronto), Niagara (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Washington, D.C. were torched. Elsewhere, homes and properties were looted and damaged and family lives were thrown into chaos. The borders between British North America and the United States might not have changed when the fighting stopped — the old lines were reconfirmed in the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war on December 24, 1814. But once the treaty was signed, there wasn’t simply a return to the...
  • Killer Swarms (It wasn't the Russian winter that stopped Napoleon.)

    11/26/2012 11:08:01 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 14 replies
    The Foreign Policy ^ | November 26, 2012 | John Arquilla
    Today marks the bicentennial of the culminating catastrophe that befell the Grande Armée as it retreated from Russia. This past weekend one of the French Emperor's descendants, Charles Napoleon, traveled to Minsk in Belarus to attend ceremonies commemorating the disaster at the nearby Beresina River crossing, where thousands died -- many by drowning -- in a final, panicked rout in freezing weather. Bonaparte had marched deep into Russia with nearly half a million soldiers; he returned with less than 25,000. Given that Napoleon was the great captain of his time -- perhaps of all time -- and that his armies...
  • The Key to the Bastille: Learning from the Past with Benedict XVI

    08/03/2012 3:01:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 3, 2012 | Christopher Blum
    “Show me what a man remembers of his past,” the late Fritz Wilhelmsen once said, “and I will tell you what kind of man he is.” Like Friedrich Nietzsche, Wilhelmsen was inclined to bold affirmation and even bolder denial, and was wont to frame his statements in the irrefragable terminology of metaphysics. The gallant Thomist even shared a certain existentialism with the grim nihilist, as on this very point: “We remember what is of use to the intentional thrust of our existence . . . everything else from our past we tend to forget.” Herein lies the essential problem for...
  • Napoleon... the theme park

    03/26/2012 9:25:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies · 93+ views
    BBC News ^ | 26 March 2012 | Hugh Schofield
    Plans are afoot to build a theme park based on the life and times of the French leader Napoleon Bonaparte. Can it be a tourist magnet to rival nearby Disneyland Paris? You have heard of Napoleon the emperor, the general, the reformer, the lover. Of the humble Corsican who took destiny by the throat, whose armies marched through Europe, bringing subjugation yet also emancipation. And how he was stopped at the gates of Moscow, fought a last hurrah at Waterloo, and died in Atlantic exile. So maybe you will be interested in the latest attempt to memorialise this greatest of...
  • France Plans Napoleonland Theme Park

    01/20/2012 9:10:46 PM PST · by Cincinna · 55 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 1/20/2012 | Henry Samuel 
    A French theme park is being planned in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte, almost 200 years after his death. “Napoleonland”, the brainchild of former French minister and history buff Yves Jégo, is being touted as a rival to Disneyland – assuming, that is, it can gather the £180 million needed to leave the drawing board. The plan is to build the unlikely amusement park on the site of the brilliant but doomed French leader’s final victory against the Austrians in the Battle of Montereau in 1814 just south of Paris. The 1815 Battle of Waterloo, in which the Duke of Wellington...
  • French plan 'Napoleonland' theme park...

    01/20/2012 7:04:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 20, 2012 | Rob Cooper
    After almost 200 years, the last thing you would think the French want is a daily reminder of the devastating military defeats at Waterloo and Trafalgar. But now a theme park is being planned in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte - and will stage daily re-enactments of the victories for Wellington and Nelson.
  • X-ray reveals hidden Goya painting (Joseph Napoleon?)

    09/23/2011 8:54:55 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 2+ views
    BBC ^ | September 22, 2011 | Unknown
    A previously unknown painting by Francisco de Goya has been found hidden underneath one of his masterpieces, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has announced.The unfinished work was discovered underneath Goya's Portrait Of Don Ramon Satue, using a new X-ray technique. It is thought to depict a French general, and may even portray Napoleon Bonaparte's brother, Joseph. The Rijksmuseum says the Spanish master may have covered up the portrait for political reasons. Joseph Bonaparte was briefly King Of Spain, from 1808-1813. When the Napoleonic army was driven out and Ferdinand VII restored to the throne, Goya, who retained the painting, would have...
  • Following Napoleon’s trail on Elba

    09/14/2011 3:41:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | September 14, 2011 | Leif Pettersen
    > Elba has been inhabited since the Iron Age. Ligurian tribes were followed by Etruscans and then Greeks. A rotating cast of residents, refugees and pirates made appearances in subsequent centuries including the Pax Romana, bands of North African raiders, the Spanish and Cosimo I de' Medici, who in the mid-16th Century founded and fortified the port town of Cosmopolis, today's Portoferraio. But none of these occupants did more in so little time as France’s all time greatest military mastermind and badboy, Napoleon Bonaparte. Though the Emperor escaped less than a year after being “banished” to Elba (the penal equivalent...
  • Napoleonic warriors find rest in Lithuania

    11/29/2010 7:32:14 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010; 12:48 PM | LIUDAS DAPKUS
    VILNIUS, Lithuania -- The skeletons of 18 of Napoleon's soldiers were laid to rest Monday in Lithuania - 200 years after the French emperor tried in vain to invade Russia. ... The remains of the soldiers were discovered last year by road builders outside the Lithuanian capital. Experts said the soldiers were members of the infantry, hussar and dragoon units that retreated from Russia in one of history's most catastrophic military campaigns. The new graves were added to around 2,000 others found eight years ago during excavations in Vilnius. Studies have helped explain how soldiers in Napoleon's Grand Army perished...
  • Obama's Real Waterloo

    06/18/2010 9:56:42 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 9 replies · 439+ views
    Citizen5408 ^ | 6/182010 | Greg C
    It is, perhaps, fitting that it was on this day, June 18 in 1815, that Napoleon met his Waterloo. For, 195 year later, to the day, it seems that Barack Hussein Obama (Milhous to those who know him), is meeting his own Waterloo, this time in the actual water of the Gulf of Mexico. The metaphor is so neat, it's almost trite, but I submit it anyway. It's also fitting that Napoleon lost the battle largely because he had to wait for the field to dry, it was too muddy to advance on...Obama's Real Waterloo
  • Microbes Leave Gold on Corpses, May Complicate Forensics

    02/25/2010 9:11:57 AM PST · by cajuncow · 15 replies · 405+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-25-10 | Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor
    Metals found in the hair of corpses have solved all kinds of mysteries. For instance, high levels of arsenic found in Napoleon's hair suggest the former emperor of France might have been poisoned to death, intentionally or unintentionally. However, scientists now find that bacteria can sprinkle gold dust onto the hair of corpses, which suggests microbes could deposit arsenic and other poisonous metals on bodies as well, potentially complicating criminal and archaeological investigations.
  • Liberty, Equality, Gastronomy: Paris via a 19th-Century Guide

    11/22/2009 1:55:06 AM PST · by Cincinna · 7 replies · 527+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 22, 2009 | TONY PERROTTET
    A marvelous painting of a gourmand at his table hangs in the Musée Carnavalet in Paris — a portly, pink-faced figure happily gorging on a regal casserole, with a bottle of wine at one elbow and a luscious-looking soufflé at the other. It is traditionally believed to be a portrait of Alexandre-Balthazar-Laurent Grimod de la Reynière, an aristocrat notorious in Napoleonic France for gratifying his palate with the same abandon as his contemporary the Marquis de Sade showed in indulging carnal desires. Whether or not the painting is actually Grimod’s likeness, it captures the eccentric, omnivorous spirit that made him...
  • Did Obama swing his own Nobel?

    10/19/2009 11:20:47 PM PDT · by bogusname · 17 replies · 1,235+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 20, 2009 | James Lewis
    Napoleon famously crowned himself Emperor of France and its conquered European empire, which he was trying to spread to Russia, Britain and Egypt, in its brief moment of grandeur. I'm wondering if Obama also crowned himself Nobel Laureate right after the US election. That would fit his vainglorious persona and his famished ego, always hungry for more and more applause. Just wait till we see his Nobel PC Address being televised around the world. America is too little for Zero. Obama obviously thinks of himself as a Man of Destiny, like Napoleon and quite a few other Saviors on Horseback....
  • 5ft 5in French President packs stage with tiny staff to make himself look taller

    09/08/2009 2:52:49 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 37 replies · 2,094+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 8, 2009 | Peter Allen
    It's hard work looking like an imposing statesman when you're only 5ft 5in. Nicolas Sarkozy has resorted to standing on a box and even rising on to his tiptoes to disguise his height - or rather the lack of it. But for a televised speech at a major industrial plant, the French President and his aides were taking no chances. They found 20 of the site's shortest workers to stand behind Mr Sarkozy as he delivered the keynote address. They were bussed in from all over the Faurecia motor technology plant near Caen in Normandy after aides made sure none...
  • Suburbs in flames after military exercise (French artillery torches Marseille)

    07/22/2009 11:46:50 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 13 replies · 778+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 7-23-09 | AFP hacks
    Bombing exercise 'caused fires' Dozens of homes destroyed Authorities angry at military MILITARY bombing practice has caused one of France's worst fires for three years which continues to rage on the eastern outskirts of Marseille. The fire has burnt dozens of homes but claimed no victims. The wildfire was caused by military practice shelling which hit the eastern Trois-Ponts suburb of the southern city forcing the evacuation of scores of residents. "There are a few dozen houses burnt in the Trois-Ponts district but there are no victims," fire brigade spokesman Samuel Champon said. "There are more homes threatened than vehicles...
  • Napoleon and America (Review of museum exhibition)

    06/12/2009 4:40:50 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies · 379+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/11/2009 | Julia M. Klein
    Born on the French island colony of Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte admired the American Revolution and wrote of George Washington: "His cause is that of humanity." But he modeled his reign after the Roman emperors', appropriating their imagery, pursuing European domination, and sponsoring great public works projects, a new legal code and a classical renaissance in the arts. Drawn from the extraordinary collection of Pierre-Jean Chalençon, the exhibition "Napoléon" is rich in objects denoting Napoleon's imperial ambitions and stature: the gilded bronze sword used, in 1804, to proclaim him emperor; a red velvet coronation foot cushion embroidered with bees, his favorite...
  • The Illustrious Dead: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army

    05/31/2009 1:03:31 PM PDT · by decimon · 69 replies · 1,921+ views ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    > Even as the Russians retreated before him in disarray, Napoleon found his army disappearing, his frantic doctors powerless to explain what had struck down a hundred thousand soldiers. The emperor’s vaunted military brilliance suddenly seemed useless, and when the Russians put their own occupied capital to the torch, the campaign became a desperate race through the frozen landscape as troops continued to die by the thousands. Through it all, with tragic heroism, Napoleon’s disease-ravaged, freezing, starving men somehow rallied, again and again, to cries of “Vive l’Empereur!” >
  • Bloomberg Appears to Cinch Republican Nomination (NYC Mayor)

    04/20/2009 9:07:12 PM PDT · by Impy · 21 replies · 644+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | 4-12-09 | Richard Winger
    According to an article in the New York Daily News of April 11, Mayor Mike Bloomberg has now secured the support of the county chair of the Bronx Borough Republican Party. New York election laws permit an independent (or a member of another party) to run in a party primary for Mayor of New York City, if that candidate gets permission to run from 3 of the 5 boroughs of the city. Bloomberg had already been endorsed for re-election this year by the leaders of the Brooklyn and Staten Island Republican Parties. Bloomberg has been a registered independent since late...
  • Waterloo: Napoleon was undone by complacency

    04/24/2008 10:43:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 218+ views
    The Times ^ | 4/24/2008 | Duncan Anderson: Analysis
    I fear that the French are wasting their time. The problem is that every time they look at Waterloo they say that Napoleon won on points. Napoleon’s army was the best he had commanded since he advanced into Russia – an army of veterans, 200,000 strong. Wellington referred to his force as “an infamous army”. My predecessor, David Chandler, who wrote the definitive account of Napoleon’s campaigns, said that the Emperor’s idea had been to get between the Prussians and the British. “I will defeat the British and the Prussians, then the Austrians, then the Russians, and Europe will be...
  • Battle For The £4 Million Sea Fortress

    03/06/2008 6:20:29 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 207+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-7-2008 | Richard Savill
    Battle for the £4 million sea fortress By Richard Savill Last Updated: 1:36am GMT 07/03/2008 With armour-plated walls rising defiantly from the sea, No Man's Land Fort has held out against invaders since it was built to repel Napoleon III 150 years ago. Now, however, the Solent fortress is under siege for the first time and could be facing its most determined enemy yet - estate agents. The fort, which has been converted into a hotel, has been put on the market by administrators. However, Harmesh Pooni, 42, who claims he is the rightful owner of the Grade II-listed building,...
  • Whose Waterloo is it? {Chavez}

    11/24/2007 8:15:18 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 12 replies · 117+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2007 | Barry Casselman
    The biggest political story recently in the Spanish-speaking world has been a confrontation in Chile between the king of Spain and President Hugo Chavez, a democratically-elected Venezuelan demagogue who will soon try to circumvent his country's constitution to become dictator for life. Mr. Chavez also has become the mouthpiece of a small axis of Latin American leaders...who advocate Marxist socialism and virulent anti-Americanism... ...Chavez kept on with his harangue until a man seated next to Mr. Zapatero leaned forward, pointed his finger at Mr. Chavez, and said "Why don't you shut up?" This man was the Spanish head of state,...
  • Karl Rove: Bush's Napoleon

    08/14/2007 12:49:42 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 5 replies · 659+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 14, 2007 | Jonah Goldberg
    {Karl Rove: Bush's Napoleon} {Like the French emperor in Russia, Rove's villainy is caused mostly by his failure to quit after his high note in 2004.} There's an old maxim that if Napoleon had been struck by a cannon ball on his way toward Moscow, he would be remembered as an unrivaled military genius and liberator. But Napoleon overstayed history's welcome and was treated harshly for it, first by the Russians and Mother Nature, then by his own people and, ultimately, by the historians. In this and other respects, Karl Rove strikes me as a Napoleonic figure. He won an...
  • Napoleon's sword sold for $6.4 million

    06/11/2007 9:53:25 AM PDT · by BGHater · 38 replies · 1,084+ views
    AP ^ | 10 June 2007 | AP
    FONTAINEBLEAU, France --A gold-encrusted sword Napoleon wore into battle in Italy 200 years ago was sold Sunday for more than $6.4 million, an auction house said. The last of Napoleon's swords in private hands, it has an estimated value of far less -- about $1.6 million, according to the Osenat auction house managing the sale. Applause rang out in a packed auction hall across the street from one of Napoleon's imperial castles in Fontainebleau, a town southeast of Paris, when the sword was sold. Osenat did not identify the buyer, but said the sword will remain in Napoleon's family, which...