Friday, June 29, 2018

How the French Won Waterloo

I bought this book at the top of the Arc de Triomphe.  Enough said.


I found it entertaining, but serious at the same time, as it is a statement of the way things are.  Of course hindsight generates a lot of excuses.  Napoleon was also a master propagandist and that has spilled over on to his followers (legendary, if potentially mythical,  Nicolas Chauvin for example).

My favourite bit was this prayer:

Notre Empereur qui êtes à Sainte-Hélène
Que votre nom soit respecte
Que votre règne revienne
Que votre volonté soit faite
Contre tous les ultras qui nous ôtent nos pensions
Débarrassez-nous des maudits Bourbons
Ainsi soit-il.

Regardless of the outcome of the battle, Napoleon certainly dominates the world stage.


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