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4265.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 9:06 pm Reply with quote

Napoleon Buonaparte Factoid Horde Here.

And the 100th B Thread to boot.

4266.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 9:09 pm Reply with quote

Napoleon was left-handed.


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.

4268.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 9:12 pm Reply with quote

After he died at St.Helena in 1821, Napoleon’s autopsy was performed under armed guard in case anyone should try to remove his heart as an object of veneration.

The Italian surgeon, however, finding the Emperor’s tiny genitals, managed to cut off his penis and spirit it away. He had been bribed to do so by Napoleon’s Corsican chaplain, who wanted it done as an act of revenge for Napoleon calling him impotent.

The Imperial Willy, preserved in a jar of formaldehyde, had many adventures before being sold at auction at Christie’s in London in 1972 where it was bought for £2,500 by a urologist called Dr John Latimer. It is now in the Columbian Presbyterian Medical Centre in New York.


4278.  Mon Jan 12, 2004 10:18 pm Reply with quote

When Napoleon crossed the Great St. Bernard Pass in the spring of 1800, on his way to crush the Austrians at Marengo, he brought not only 40,000 soldiers but 5,000 horses and 58 cannon as well. Each cannon was disassembled, enclosed in a hollow log, and dragged by scores of men.

Napoleon was then simply General Bonaparte, First Consul of the French Republic, and he didn't ride a white charger as depicted later, but a mule. He dined at the prior's table; during that year, the monks gave his troops 1,758 pounds of meat, 3,498 pounds of cheese, and 21,724 bottles of wine.

Source - see post 4275

4307.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 5:08 pm Reply with quote

Ah-ha. And a Bernard factoid to boot.

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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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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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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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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.”

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.)

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.

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.


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