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Flash
4316.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:10 pm Reply with quote

Books with Bonaparte's personal bookplate in them are quite commonplace in bibliophile circles. Apparently he used to take lots of books with him on campaign and would read them as he was carried along in his palanquin. However, he had a very short attention span and would soon lose patience with each book and hurl it out of the window, where it would be picked up by some soldier and taken home as a souvenir.

Afraid I can't give you the source for this - some booky magazine article I read a number of years ago.

 
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Flash
4321.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:44 pm Reply with quote

The bee and the sedge are also symbols of the kingship of Upper and Lower Egypt in Pharaonic times.

 
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brackett
6401.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:08 am Reply with quote

Just before the Battle of the Pyramids Napoleon was busy making a pact with a genie- whom he happened to stumble across.

So the story goes, Napoleon made a Ten year pact- a pact that was renewed with this, “Little Red Man” as he would call him- in 1809. This “Red Man” (Thought to be a spirit) promised to advise and protect Napoleon so long as he ushered in the brotherhood of man and the universal republic. If napoleon strayed from his mission the “Red Man” said that he would provide three warnings before abandoning Napoleon to his enemies.

The “Red Man” was supposed to have turned up at the time of Napoleon’s coronation in 1804, at Moscow in 1812, at Fontainbleau in April 1814, as well as advising Napoleon against invading Russia, and appeared on the eve of Waterloo.


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brackett
6402.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:09 am Reply with quote

The “Red man” was there to warn Napoleon of Danger and advise him on what he thought to be bad ideas. The flip side of this is that Napoleon had a star in the night sky that would guide him and let him know that he was on the right track. (Combined he called both His “Little Red Man” and his star: “Familiars.”)

Napoleon was often seen to be searching the sky for his star at times of need, and he often spoke of it. One example of this was when Cardinal Fesch – Napoleon’s Uncle- came to protest over the bad Treatment of Pope Pius VII, napoleon took Fesch out side and asked him to look to the sky: “Do you see anything?” he asked. “no” said Fesch. “in that case,” replied napoleon, “learn when to shut up. I myself see a star; it is that which guides me. Don’t pit your feeble and incomplete faculties against my superior organism.”

 
brackett
6404.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:10 am Reply with quote

Napoleon was brought up under the Corsican belief that there was an “Evil eye” that followed certain people around and spelt certain doom and bad luck to them. ( And he wasn’t ashamed to tell those who he thought had it, that they were inflicted with it.)

He would always ask his generals: Am I Lucky?

It was said that one of the reasons that Napoleon stayed with Josephine for so long was that she brought him good luck. He would wear a miniature of Josephine – when this fell and broke Napoleon told everyone that this meant that Josephine was either sick or unfaithful (He was certainly right about the latter.)

 
brackett
6405.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:11 am Reply with quote

Napoleon was a believer in omens and numerology, he hated the number 13 and Fridays- if he had to begin a venture on a Friday he would be gloomy and negative about the entire thing.
He did have lucky days – 20th of March he quite liked and the 14th of June.

 
brackett
6406.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:15 am Reply with quote

Napoleon, in his will, left over 6.81 million francs to various people in his life. Including a man who once tried to assassinate the duke of Wellington. He unfortunately didn’t take in to account the fact that he- Napoleon- had no money. And no one received so much as a dime.

Except for some one who received a stolen pot…or something along those lines… mind is vague…need proper sources for this one... will get back to this one.

 
brackett
6407.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:16 am Reply with quote

Josephine’s name was never Josephine, that’s just what napoleon named her. Her real name was Rose De Beauharnais.

Napoleon was often rude about Josephine, in one letter to a friend he mentioned that, “She has the prettiest little c*** in the world. the three islets of martinique are there.” (Deepest apologies for the rudeness.)

 
brackett
6408.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:18 am Reply with quote

As well as having a fan in Beethoven, Byron seemed to be a great admirer of Nap's.
When Napoleon was defeated in invading Europe, byron retreated into his room for 4 days. In his diary he wrote, “today I boxed an hour, wrote an ode to napoleon and ate six biscuits.”

 
brackett
6409.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:36 am Reply with quote

Napoleon did not care for balloons.

He simply did not see any advantages in Aerial observation. On his campaign to Egypt he did bring with him three balloons, however when they were destroyed in battle with the British forces, Nap decided that he had no more use for them – and disbanded the entire aerial unit.

5 years later his lack of care for balloons turned into outright hatred for them. Napoleon had crowned himself emperor in 1804. To celebrate this, André Garnerin sent a hydrogen balloon up over Paris. It was a big and wonderful balloon and it carried a great gilded crown into the sky. The very next day the balloon went down in Rome, right on the tomb of Nero. (Who in Napoleon’s opinion was one of the worst tyrants of all time), And this is where Garnerin's balloon had spookily laid Napoleon's crown to rest on! Napoleon was a suspicious man, and this was the ultimate omen.

This is why Napoleon did not care for Balloons.

 
brackett
6410.  Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:37 am Reply with quote

Some Napoleon nicknames:

Captain cannon
Greenhorn
The great sultan
The little corporal
Little Jacobin
Nabolione
Sultan El Kaber
Rabulioni
Alcoholic

 
RightOnBrother
432348.  Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:32 pm Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
Napoleon was left-handed.

s: NSC/LEH

Along with Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Picasso, Raphael, Holbein, Klee, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander the Great, Charlie Chaplin, Queen Victoria, Cole Porter, Marilyn Monroe, Ghandi, Jimi Hendrix, Billy the Kid, Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler and The Queen Mother.



Billy The Kid was not, as widely believed, left handed.

The famous picture of Billy The Kid which shows a pistol holstered on his left hip was in fact reversed (given away by the buttons on his clothes). He was either ambidextrous or right-handed.

see: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/Billykid.jpg

 
Arcane
432606.  Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:49 pm Reply with quote

That's QI RightOnBrother, and welcome to the forum by the way!

 

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