Posts Tagged ‘Napoleon Bonaparte’

Theodore Gericault The Wounded Cuirassier

Photographs of Napoléon’s soldiers

Yes, you read this correctly: photographs. Of course, photography did not exist in Napoléon’s time. Louis Daguerre and Nicéphore Niepce would not produce their first daguerreotypes until 1835, twenty years after the fall of the First French Empire, and the process would not become wildly popular until the 1840s. Only then did these soldiers, already […]



Empress-Marie-Louise-and-the-king-of-rome-Gerard

Napoléon and Marie-Louise: the politics of love

This year is the bicentennial of the marriage of Napoléon Bonaparte and Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria and, amazingly enough, this is the first time an exhibition is dedicated to dedicated to this second Empress of the French. This one is set in the palace of Compiègne, 70 miles north-east of Paris. In 1810 Napoléon was […]



Pauline Bonaparte by Robert Lefevre

Napoléon and Pauline Bonaparte: incest?

Researching For The King entailed delving more than once into the Memoirs of Joseph Fouché, Duc d’Otrante, Napoléon’s Minister of General Police (and many other things besides.) Here is what Fouché has to say about Pauline: Of Napoléon’s three sisters, Elisa, Caroline et Pauline, the latter, famous for her allurements, was the one of whom […]



General Thomas Alexandre Dumas

General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, father of Alexandre Dumas

I began writing a post about the novelist Alexandre Dumas, one of France’s most beloved and popular writers, when I realized that it was impossible to do so without first mentioning his father, General Dumas. Thomas Alexandre, no last name (slaves had none) was born in 1762 in Saint-Domingue, modern-day Haiti, the son of the […]