In light of the recent movie (Napoleon, 2024 by Ridley Scott) about Napoleon Bonaparte, here are eight fun facts that reveal interesting facets of this iconic figure:
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  1. Formal Military Training: Despite his later military genius, Napoleon struggled academically at the √Čcole Militaire in Paris, graduating 42nd out of 58 students‚Äč‚Äč.
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  2. Corsican Nationalist Origins: Initially, Napoleon advocated for Corsica's independence from France, a stark contrast to his later role as a French icon‚Äč‚Äč.
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  3. Jos√©phine's Narrow Escape: His first wife, Jos√©phine de Beauharnais, narrowly avoided execution during the French Revolution, only to become a celebrated socialite and Napoleon's partner‚Äč‚Äč.
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  4. The Myth of "Not Tonight, Jos√©phine": Contrary to popular belief, this phrase probably wasn't uttered by Napoleon. In reality, he was deeply infatuated with Jos√©phine, even as she had affairs during his military campaigns‚Äč‚Äč.
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  5. Height Misconceptions: Napoleon wasn't as short as often portrayed. He was around 5 feet 6 inches tall, which was average for his time‚Äč‚Äč.
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  6. Romantic at Heart: He wrote a romance novel titled "Clisson et Eug√©nie," a tale of passionate lovers separated by war‚Äč‚Äč.
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  7. No Fear of Cats: Despite rumors, there's no record to suggest Napoleon had ailurophobia (fear of cats)‚Äč‚Äč.
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  8. Rosetta Stone Discovery: Napoleon's Egyptian campaign led to the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, crucial in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs‚Äč‚Äč.
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These facts provide a glimpse into the complex character of Napoleon, showcasing a blend of military prowess, romantic inclination, and a journey from Corsican nationalist to a French legend.

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Feb 12, 2024
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