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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2020 7:54 p.m. PST

… convinced everyone Napoleon was short

"At about 5'7", Napoleon Bonaparte was taller than the average Frenchman, but a legendary British cartoonist ensured that no one would remember

Nearly 200 years after his death, there are only two things that almost everyone uniformly knows about Napoleon Bonaparte: He was French, and he was short.

Bonaparte was indeed French, but at about 5'7", he was taller than the average Frenchman of the time. Taller, in fact, than recent French president Nicolas Sarkozy…"
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MiniPigs18 Nov 2020 9:18 p.m. PST

It's enough to give a guy a complex.

rmaker18 Nov 2020 9:35 p.m. PST

Napoleon aided and abetted this impression by surrounding himself with tall people. Virtually all the Marshals were taller than him, as were both of his wives.

42flanker18 Nov 2020 10:21 p.m. PST

News to me.

Glengarry518 Nov 2020 11:07 p.m. PST

Napoleon wasn't French, he was Corsican. :)

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2020 1:36 a.m. PST

When he was born he was French in exactly the same way and to the same extent that a contemporary American was British.

arthur181519 Nov 2020 3:43 a.m. PST

But as a young man he seems to have thought of himself as Corsican, rather than French. Legally he may have been French; but he was Corsican in ethnic origin and culture.

Later, as Emperor, it suited him to emphasise that he was French to appeal to the army and the French people.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse19 Nov 2020 4:16 a.m. PST

Or, he believed himself to be French…

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2020 6:48 a.m. PST

Worth thinking where he chose to be entombed (and got there in the end).

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2020 6:51 a.m. PST

Same reasoning can be used to dispose of arguments that Wellington was Irish, as well, of course.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse19 Nov 2020 7:38 a.m. PST

Wasn't Wellington Anglo-Irish? There is a difference…

MiniPigs19 Nov 2020 8:40 a.m. PST

Whatever his physical height, Napoleon was apparently considered by his contemporaries to be a giant among men and could send everyone into blind panic by his mere effigy. By contrast, Napoleon only feared a graphic novel illustrator.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2020 11:04 a.m. PST



arthur181519 Nov 2020 1:40 p.m. PST

Ah, Perfidious Albion! They publish scurrilous cartoons about their wartime enemies – what a disgrace!

And they have the effrontery to actually have an even shorter hero whose last battle was a glorious victory – Horatio, Lord Nelson!

42flanker19 Nov 2020 4:13 p.m. PST

And he's 9 feet high now, on top of a fairly tall pillar.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 12:06 p.m. PST



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