Manchester: Lincoln and Marx
4 months ago
Reflections on St Helena, Napoleon's exile, and English attitudes towards Napoleon.
this singularly romantic Island is the appointed residence of one of the most extraordinary men recorded in the annals of History.
the Briars, marked in this View, though not seen from the Roads ; this situation is the more interesting, as it is said to be the place intended for the residence of Buonaparte.
What though lingering years had pass'd away,
That form remained untouch'd by fell decay
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And some who ne'er had seen that face before, Beheld, amazed, Napoleon slumbering there.
this gender-bent modern allegory of Charity was heart-warming, but also involuntarily somewhat sinister, since it radicalised the idea of the social non-existence of women found in the Code Napoleon - Philippe Bordes, Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile
However, if in reality Napoleon had in fact scarcely any free time to devote to his private life, one element remained to be settled: the future of the dynasty. The Empress Joséphine became sterile, it was necessary however for the Emperor to have an heir. The pictures of Ducis and Pauline Auzou interject then a kind of propaganda showing all the hopes placed by the French in the future of Napoleon. In this sense, they are more than simple scenes of intimacy .. - Jérémie Benôit