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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2021 10:11 p.m. PST

"In 1806, the Most Holy Synod declared Napoleon Bonaparte "the enemy of peace and blessed serenity" and added him to the list of persecutors of the Church of Christ. This took place against the background of the formation of the Third Coalition against Napoleon's France and the impending collision of the Russian and French armies. In these circumstances, Russian ideologists decided to sell the coming conflict as a 'sacred war.' However, in 1807, Russia and France signed the Treaty of Tilsit, and until 1812, Russia officially 'forgot' about "Napoleon the Antichrist". That didn't mean the Russians did, however.

Poet Pyotr Vyazemsky recorded a conversation between two Russian peasants about the emperors' meeting at Tilsit, which took place on a raft in the middle of the Neman River. "How could our Father, the Orthodox Tsar, decide to meet this heathen?" said one peasant. "But how do you, brother, not understand that our Father ordered the raft to be prepared first to baptize Bonaparte in the river, and only then allow him to appear before his radiant Royal eyes," replied the other…."
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Au pas de Charge10 Oct 2021 7:03 a.m. PST

I suppose having a few of your own antichrists will tend to improve Napoleon's image. I liked those commercials.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2021 3:18 p.m. PST



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