Monday, May 14, 2007

Once an emperor....

An article about Napoleon as a prisoner on Elba, before he escaped and went back to France for his "Hundred Days." He wanted to keep living in imperial style. His efforts to regain power cost many more French lives. A generation of young men died because of his desire to be master of Europe. And yet he is considered a great ruler, while people ridicule Louis XVI, the French king who thought only of his people's welfare. But Napoleon lost his throne, too, and tried to commit suicide; Louis XVI shunned the very notion of suicide and accepted his misfortunes with Christian fortitude. Share

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