NAPOLEON BONAPARTE - YOUTHFUL EMPEROR OF FRANCE
Napoleon Bonaparte is well known for his military accomplishments. Although he had many victories, he also had many losses. Bonaparte's craving for power and glory was a close companion of his taste for a luxurious lifestyle. Many historians have said that his successes were due to little more than good fortune; others consider him a great military leader who was the Savior of France. Let us know explore the man who was Napoleon.
Although he was rather short for a man, Napoleon was well known for his irresistible charm and superior intelligence. In addition he was reported to have had a photographic memory and was a voracious reader. Napoleon was able to easily recall any number of facts, people, and memorize entire maps. These extraordinary abilities were witnessed during his military expeditions as was his ability to organize. Many relate Napoleon's vision to that of an expert chess player who is able to accurately predict the best moves well in advance.
THE DARING AND PERHAPS OVERLY GLORIFIED - NAPOLEON BONAPARTE - "TAKE IT TO THE ENEMY"
The image Napoleon presented seemed to change with the wind. At times he was a ruthless ruler who craved power for its own sake, preferring to be feared as a means to domination. Remaining calm in the face of danger, he was, at times, moved to show unjustifiable leniency in response to an emotional plea.
Much of Napoleon's rise to power has been attributed to his political connections rather than his performance as a soldier, another tribute to his ability to use his charm to achieve his goals. He was extremely confident and was able to inspire loyalty and devotion in his soldiers, despite unfavorable odds. Bonaparte's decision to exploit the political unrest throughout Europe exemplifies how his thirst for power and glory resulted in historical events.
EMPEROR EXTRAORDINAIRE - NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
Although Napoleon had an endearing charm, this power had its limits. Many of his collaborators and friends became his enemies, conspiring to defeat his Empire and destroy him. The battles Bonaparte led that produced significant casualties seemed to be due to irrational presumptions. Nonetheless, Napoleon continued on. Each battle, whether it ended in defeat or victory, was followed by another campaign in his quest for total domination. In the end, he came to blame his misfortunes on the incompetency of his military commanders, suggesting that they had been spoiled by wealth and luxury.
Realizing that his reliance on others had contributed to his defeats, Napoleon began to rely on his own judgment and make some decisions based on emotion and personal ambitions rather than the good of his people. At this point, as much as any other, it was difficult to recognize his intention or motivation. Although he was able to remain calm in the face of danger, he was also known to become extremely emotional when opposed.
THE ELEGANT & BOLD SIGNATURE, "BONAPARTE," OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
He was particularly affected by the words and actions of his first wife, Josephine. He adored her and wrote devoted letters to her from the field. Unfortunately his affections were not reciprocated. Josephine engaged in an extramarital affair and the marriage was later annulled. This turn of events caused Napoleon to experience a period of severe depression when he seemingly had lost the will to live. Like other defeats, Bonaparte did recover and later married Marie-Louise and fathered a son, Napoleon II.
A BROODING NAPOLEON BONAPARTE FOLLOWING HIS HISTORIC DEFEAT AFTER HIS POORLY PLANNED INVASION OF RUSSIA
Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a collector of museum-quality American historical memorabilia. Mr. Amyx has spent over a quarter of a century focused on important artifacts, providing expert consultation for government and private entities as well as acquiring, selling, and trading important historically significant items. Mr. Amyx is proud to have acquired a signed letter that Napoleon had dictated to his secretary and which contains his original signature. The letter reads:
“I wish, Citizen Minister for you to give the Order to the Squadron Chief, Pignatelli to Observe from Tomorrow Morning the Punitive Measures (Decrees of Rigor) until his Departure to Rejoin his Corps. As soon as he has reached his Corps, he will be placed Under Arrest for Two Weeks (15 days), for not having attended on Horseback the review of his Regiment. Give the order to the person named Argovito who names him Adjutant Commander to leave forthwith for Milan, as well as to the person named Jarielli, since it is my intention that they no longer remain in France. Bonaparte”
FROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION - A SIGNED NAPOLEON BONAPARTE DOCUMENT WITH IMPORTANT MILITARY SIGNIFICANCE
This original document is handsomely framed with multiple-colored handwrapped silk, with two inscribed brass plates that provide details of Napoleon Bonaparte's accomplishments, as well as the content of the featured document.
RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR