Thursday, August 15, 2013

Napoleon Day!

Today would have been Napoleon's 244 birthday. Here are some Napoleonatical trivia:

The house where he was born, his family's ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte
in the town of Ajaccio, Corsica (source)

His death mask (source)

And, on a lighter note, some fun facts (source)

next episode: Emilies


  1. Napoleon and and I share a love of chocolate, but mine is nothing to do with energy; I just ike its taste.

  2. People were generally a smaller/slighter build back then. Happy Birthday Napoleon!

  3. I like the death mask site you have the link for, Rob. Slightly creepy images, such as the ones of Hitchcock and Himmler.

  4. "Rob's Webstek" has been included in the Sites To See for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.

    1. Thank you, it is much appreciated! I will check all the other links you've mentioned as well.

  5. I was surprised to learn that it was the French who first thought of canning food and as early as 1806. Interesting post.

  6. This greatest Man had been however one of several cases of Italian-born persons who were later assimilated by France (as well as for example the population of Tenda-Tende, until the most recent case of Carla Bruni.
    Strange feelings of history. In Italy for example he is somehow remembered as a positive person (notwithstanding the robbery of arts during his age), but the French live the contradiction of remembering the great age of him, together with the current republic, born when Napoleon III - descendant of him - was sent away in the year 1870.
    I noted another similarity in what happened in France exactly 1000 years before: the Number One in Europe in the year 800 under Charles the Great and the end of all after Charles the Fat, almost 80 years after.
    Who knows, perhaps France will conquer again all Europe in the year 2800...

    1. From Carla Bruni to Charles the Fat, this is a very diverse comment :-). The French are known for their land grab, think about French Flanders for instance. Versailles is full of art stolen from among others the Dutch by Napoleon. And he sacrificed 400.000 young men in a devastating invasion of Russia.


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