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Featured Rumors....which are true?

napoleon bonaparte, emperor of france
Napoleon: Little Boney Rumor : Napoleon was short.
Napoleon was no linebacker, but he certainly was not short either. Using the old French measurement system, he was 5 ft. 2 in. which equals 5 ft. 6 in. by modern measurements. Today, Napoleon might not make the basketball team, but the average height in northern Europe in the late 18th century was 5 ft. 4½ in. Napoleon was 1 ½ inches taller than the average man of his time!

Even more puzzling, paintings from Napoleon's time show a tall and powerful leader. And parents during Napoleon's day certainly didn't need a "naughty matt". They could instead sing the following British lullaby to get their kids to behave:

Naughty Baby
Baby, baby, naughty baby,
Hush, you squalling thing, I say.
Peace this moment, peace, or maybe
Bonaparte will pass this way.

Baby, baby, he's a giant,
Tall and black as Rouen steeple,
And he breakfasts, dines, rely on't,
Every day on naughty people.

Baby, baby, if he hears you
As he gallops past the house,
Limb from limb at once he'll tear you,
Just as pussy tears a mouse.

And he'll beat you, beat you, beat you,
And he'll beat you into pap,
And he'll eat you, eat you, eat you,
Every morsel snap, snap, snap.

-From the Annotated Mother Goose

Napoleon definitely sounds like someone to be feared in this clever jingle. So how did this mighty ruler get remembered as a short man? (Here's a hint: he had some enemies) Read The Raucous Royals to find out more>>


Napoleon crossing the alps by Jacques-Louis David

Napoleon Bonaparte: Military Genius, Master of Propaganda

Napoleon said that "history is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon". He would have made a successful PR manager. Leaving nothing to chance, Napoleon would often tell his painters which pose he wanted to be painted in and even what frame to put the painting. Newspaper stories describing Napoleons exploits can not be trusted for he would often pay the newspapers to print his version of battles and would even dictate what the headlines should read. In the above painting by Jacques- Louis David, Napoleon is depicted on a rearing stallion in his journey across the alps. The truth is not as romantic. Napoleon actually crossed the alps on a hired mule and thousands of his soldiers died on the journey.

Art Detectives
The painting above also shows Napoleon's favorite horse, Margengo. To find more art clues, visit the art detectives section.

Famous Napoleon Quotes
Napoleon said that, "Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets."
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