Quotes attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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A little bit about Napoleon's family relations:


Napoleon's father was Carlo Buonaparte (alternative spelling)
(1746-1785), a minor Corsican nobleman and practicing lawyer. His mother
was Letizia (or Laetitia) Ramolino Bonaparte (c. 1750-1836).



Napoleon's first marriage, to Marie Josephe Rose (empress Josephine), only lasted until 1809, when it became apparent that she was unable to produce an heir to the throne.
In 1810, Napoleon married Marie Louise (1791-1847, the daughter
of the the
Austrian emperor Francis I. They had a son, Francois
Charles Joseph Bonaparte
(1811-1832), who was later to be known
as Napoleon II, even though he never ruled as emperor.

In my mind Napoleon is the greatest military leader of modern times. So I have composed a short biography of his life.

15 August, Napoleon born at Ajacco, Corsica, the second son of Carlo and Letizia Bounaparte.

April, Napoleon enters the Military Academy at Brienne.

October, Napoleon transfers to the Ecole Militaire in Paris.

September, Napoleon graduates from the Ecole Militaire. He is commissioned second lieutenant of artillery and is garrisoned at Valence.

Napoleon returns to Corsica to help consolidate French rule.

Napoleon rejoins his regiment in France
10 August, Napoleon witnesses the second storming of the Tuileries in Paris.

September, Napoleon commands the artillery at the siege of Toulon, his first military victory. He is promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General.

October, Napoleon supports Barras in the suppression of the royalist uprising in Paris.

March, Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharais. He is given command of the French Army in Italy.

May, French victories at Matenotte, Dego, Millesimo, Mondovi and Lodi. Napoleon takes Milan.

August, French victory at Castiglione.

October, French Victory at Arcola.

February, Napoleon takes control of Mantua.

April, Napoleon negotiates armistice with Austria.

May, Napoleon returns to Paris a National hero.

May, Napoleon sets sail for Egypt.

June, French occupy Malta

July, Battle of the Nile, French gain control of the Nile Delta.

August, Napoleon's fleet destroyed by Nelson at Aboukir Bay.

February, French defeated at the Battle of Acre. Napoleon retreats to Egypt.

July, French victory over the Turks at Aboukir.

August, Napoleon leaves for France.

November, coup d'etat of Brumiere. The directory of France is abolished and replaced by a senate. Napoleon is elected First Consul and de facto ruler of France.

Napoleon reforms local and National government, education and legislature.

July Concordat with the Pope.

August, Napoleon confirmed by plebiscite as consul for life.

May, outbreak of war between France and Britain.

December, the Grande Armee assembled at Boulogne in readiness to invade Britain.

May, the senate proclaims Napoleon 'Emperor of the French'.

December, Napoleon's coronation at Notre Dame.
Spain forms an alliance with France and declares war on Britain.

August, Napoleon invades Germany.

October, French victory at Ulm, defeat at Trafalgar.

November, French victory at Austerlitz. Napoleon crowned king of Italy. Joseph Bonaparte made king of Naples. Louis Bonaparte becomes king of Holland.

July, creation of the Confederation of the Rhine.

September, Prussia declares war on France.

October, French victories over Prussians at Jena and Auerstadt.

November, introduction of the Continental System.

June, French victory over the Russians at the battle of Friedland.

July, creation of the Grand Duchy of Warsaw.

November, Lisbon occupied by French forces.

May, Charles IV cedes his rights in Spain to Napoleon.

July, Joseph Bonaparte assumes the throne of Spain to consolidate his brother's sovereignty.

Britain allies itself with Austria in the war against France

December, Napoleon divorces Josephine.

April, Napoleon marries Marie-Louise.

July, Holland annexed to France.

November, northern Germany annexed to France.

December, Russian renounces the Continental System.

March, Marie-Louise bears Napoleon a son, titled the King of Rome.

June, French cross the Neimen and start the Russian Campaign.
French Defeat in Spain.

September, Battle of Borodine. Napoleon enters Moscow.

10 November, survivors of the Grande Armee re-cross the Neimen.

18 December, Napoleon reaches Paris.

February, the Prussians enter an alliance with Russia against France.

May, French victories at Lutzen and Bautzen.

October, Napoleon defeated at Leizig in the 'Battle of the Nations'.

December, allied invasion of France.

March, Paris falls to the allies.

April, Napoleon abdicates.

May, Napoleon exiled to the island of Elba.

March, Napoleon returns to France. The beginning of 'The Hundred Days'.

April, Napoleon establishes a new government in Paris.

June, victory at Ligny and defeat at Waterloo.

Napoleon's second abdication.

October, Napoleon arrives in St Helena

5 May, Napoleon dies.

Napoleon Bonaparte died on May 5, 1821 at 17:49, in Sainte-Hélène island. Next day, Antommarchi -the personal Napoleon's doctor- performed the necropsy in presence of several British military surgeons. It was diagnosed, as cause of his death, gastric cancer. One of the doctors noticed his liver was swollen, but such a circumstance was ordered to be kept under secret: a possible hepatitis, being endemic in that island, might be confered to negligence of those who had confined Bonaparte to Sainte-Hélène.

(In 1995, the FBI Chemical and Toxicologic Department published a report in relation with "the extremely high amount of arsenic trioxide -a hepatotoxic agent -in Napoleon's hair samples").

It has been said that no organs were removed from the corpse, but this does not seem to be true. While Dr. Antommarchi was examining that body, Vignali -a Corsican chaplain to whom Napoleon had insulted telling "he was impotent" -asked him to cut the male organ. The doctor did it, and the penis was kept for many years by Vignali family.

(In 1999 such an organ was sold in a Christie's auction. John Lattimer, an US urologist, became the new owner, having paid $4,000 for it. In accordance with his observations, the penis size was 4.1 cm, and "could" have increased to a maximum of 6.6 cm in lenght when excited).

The amorous live of Napoleon was fraught of infidelities. The greatest infidel woman was his first and most loved spouse, Marie Joséphe Rose de Beauharnais, who lived in shameless adultery nearly to her death. Desirée Clary, Pauline Fourès, Leonor Dernelle de la Plaigne, and Marie Louise of Austria, his second wife when divorced from Joséphine, are another examples of unfaithfulness and lack of perseverance.

(In 1806 Bonaparte decreed a continental blockade against the Great Britain. To press the Tzar Alexander, who was contrary to such a measure, Napoleon invaded Poland, where he met Maria, the young spouse of Count Walewski. Regarding the case of this woman, she seemed to possess the highest degree of fidelity when compared with the other Napoleon's lovers). The Polish historiography, however, insists on the fact that she sacrificed herself by love...to her country, hopefully waiting for an independence declaration from Napoleon.

According to the above mentioned anatomical features, it would be reasonable to consider that the lack of Napoleon's attractiveness for women could be secondary not only to his intricate personality.

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