The French statesman who had a fascinating life was born over 250 years ago. Napoleon was a French military leader and then became emperor. During the early 19th century, he conquered most of Europe. Napoleon rapidly rose to his military ranks when the French Revolution occurred. After he seized the political power in France, he crowned himself as the emperor of the nation in 1804. Not all Napoleon Bonaparte facts are well-known to us. Let’s know some lesser know Napoleon Bonaparte facts about the legend:
Napoleon Bonaparte Facts: Formal Military Training
In the family, Napoleon was born were of minor nobility. A year later of his birth, Corsica became a French territory. Though they were of minor nobility, still his parents could afford to send him to school in France. But he never lost the Corsican accent throughout is life and so always received teasing. In Paris, he joined the respected École Militaire. However, his father’s demise in his first year made Napoleon graduate early for financially helping his family. Even though his grades suffered, he became an officer at the age of 16 in the French army.
A Corsican Nationalist In Reality
Though a Corsican nationalist, still Napoleon was single-handedly responsible for building a French empire. However, when he was a young man, he wished that his homeland Corsica could overthrow the French rule. From way before the birth of Napoleon, his parents always opposed the French rule.
During his youth, Napoleon had written lots of treatises about the government and history of Corsica. In those treaties, he had called the French as “monsters” “enemies of free men”. During the 1780-90s, Napoleon came back to Corsica for a longer time. Later, his mannerisms became more like French. So, young Napoleon’s idol, Pasquale Paoli, inspired him to leave his homeland for all.
Napoleon Bonaparte Facts: First Wife Barely Escaped Execution
Joséphine, the first wife of Napoleon wed Alexandre de Beauharnais when she was 16. As her husband didn’t want anything from her, she went to seduce and charm other men from high society. But as the French revolution started, she was imprisoned in Les Carmes. The day before her trial, as the government was overthrown, the execution halted. Escaping from her execution, she immediately became a socialite and met Napoleon in 1795 at a party. Only six months after the meeting, Napoleon married the widowed woman.
Napoleon Wasn’t Short
During the lifetime of Napoleon, a rumor started that people still believe as true. In reality, English propagandists portrayed him as comically small in the cartoons when the Napoleonic Wars started. The belief of his being short was so deep that a psychological complexity was named after him. This complexity was only specific to short men.
But the question remains about his height. According to the era, his height was average, almost five-foot-six. It was the height that we know when he was on his deathbed.
A Romance Novel By The Conqueror
You might be in awe to know that the general, revolutionary, and emperor also a romance novelist. He wrote the romantic novel just before he met Josephine and also married her in 1795. The novel, “Clisson et Eugénie” has a fictional plot. Sadly the novel never saw the light of publication during his lifetime and after his demise. Instead, the manuscript was divided into various segments and sold as souvenirs after centuries, at the auction houses.