Cradle especially made for the son of Napoleon by the city of
) (photo by RfA) Vienna
Napoleon’s first marriage didn’t produce an heir. When his Polish mistress became pregnant he decided to divorce and remarry. Only the Russian and the Austrian imperial families were considered suitable to marry the French emperor. He tried to marry the young sister of the Tsar, Anna Paulowna, but this proposal was refused.
He then succeeded in marrying Marie Louise, daughter of the Austrian emperor. In 1811 their son Napoleon François Bonaparte was born. In 1814, when Napoleon was exiled, Marie Louise and her son fled to
. In 1816 Marie Louise went to live in Vienna Parma, leaving her son (renamed Franz) in the hands of his grandfather in . Vienna