Pair of rider boots attributed to the Emperor Napoleon I, black morocco, soles with small heels, lining of fine natural skin, with its two pulls in woven and grooved canvas, h. 48 cm, l. (from the foot) 26.5 cm. Sold: € 117,208 © La Gazette Drouot

The Napoleonic soldiers: a badly shod army

"Speed, speed, speed". These words of Napoleon Bonaparte could succinctly summarize the essence of his strategic genius. The Napoleonic army moved…

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Jean-Georges VIBERT (1840 - 1902), Napoleon I playing with Cardinal Fesch. Oil on canvas © Haggin Museum

Napoleon Bonaparte, Chess Player

A strategic game par excellence, an elegant symbol of the art of war, chess has been the king of games and the game of kings since the Middle Ages.…

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François Gérard, The battle of Austerlitz on December 2nd, 1815. Oil on canvas preserved at the Musée de Trianon.

Napoleonic Wars casualties

Enthusiastic or detractor, there are many who engage in a war of numbers to acclaim or denounce Bonaparte's military operations and their cost in…

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Joseph Bonaparte in America

First of the Bonaparte siblings, Joseph (1768 - 1844) was also the closest to Napoleon. The eldest of the family had a taste for the arts more than…

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Napoleon at the Table: a Gastronomic Paradox

While Napoleon Bonaparte was not a great lover of gastronomy, he nonetheless was perfectly aware of the importance of the table in the daily practice…

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Napoleon Bonaparte’s Bicorne Hat

A recognizable figure among a thousand, Bonaparte is one of the few people who can be identified by the mere shadow of his hat. Napoleon's cocked hat…

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The Empire Style

Inseparable from Napoleon I, the Empire style not only unites similar and concomitant stylistic characteristics in the fine arts, furniture and…

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Napoleon Bonaparte and the books

An insatiable and demanding reader, Napoleon Bonaparte tirelessly devoured all the books that were useful to him. Curious about everything, he never…

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The Napoleonic epic along the Paris metro

Among the intramural Paris metro stations, some are famous all over the world and reflect the great history of France. We thus read in filigree on…

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Napoleon and Josephine : an Ordinary Couple

The mythical couple formed by Napoleon and Joséphine still arouses curiosity today for these two characters seem absolutely opposite. This couple,…

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The Death of Napoleon: such a big mystery?

When Napoleon died at St. Helena, the question of the causes of his death soon became a subject of debate. Cancer? Poison? These only evocations…

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Golden coin minted under the First Empire and presenting the Laureate head of Napoleon I.

Creation of the Bank of France by Napoleon Bonaparte

In this very young XIXth century, the moribund economy post Revolution urged the First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte to create the Bank of France January…

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l'Authentique Eau de Cologne de Napoléon Ier à Sainte-Hélène

The Renewal of Eau de Cologne

Previous century was not gentle with the Cologne. Mocked by a perfumery that swore by heady and featureless fragrances, the discreet Cologne was…

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New Year’s Eve at Saint Helena

First half of the XIXth century still ignores the festivities of Christmas without being spared - at least in the wealthiest social classes - by…

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