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.


  1. I've always enjoyed David Chandler's summation: "He was a giant brought down by pygmies."

  2. Waterloo, that classic pyrrhic victory?!!