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Josephine's more distant ancestor, Pierre de Tascher, was in France by 1550 or so, and his son Vincent, went by the name de Tascher de la Pagerie. The family had relatives or friends near Dunkirk, so I suspect the name was of Teutonic origin. But the future Empress's line bore mostly French names (Racine, Loges, Buisson, Pheline, Chaudrier, Ronsard de Glatigny with a trace of Italo-Spanish too - the rather famous Taillevis family, which was almost certainly originally French, but had branches in Italy and Spain).

One of Josephine's great grandmothers was also a du Plessis...

Her mother's mother was an interesting mix of British/Bordeaux (her name was Catherine Brown). Her mother's father came from an established French family.

I would love to know what role they had in the history of St. Martinique and why they went there.
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Napoleon struggled with English, notebooks show - Telegraph
Rare notebooks belonging to Napoleon show that the French emperor struggled to grasp the English language while he was being held captive by the British.

Napoleon's English notebooks set to go under the hammer | Mail Online
Evidence of Napoleon Bonaparte’s tortuous efforts to learn English are to be auctioned in France.
Extraordinary notebooks containing the ‘Little Emperor’s’ lessons in the language of Shakespeare will come under the hammer in Fontainebleau, south of Paris, on Sunday.
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Napoleon in the eyes of Russian officers - Voice of Russia (in English)
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France plans Napoleonland

France plans Napoleonland - Telegraph
A French theme park is being planned in honour of Napoleon Bonaparte, almost 200 years after his death.
“Napoleonland”, the brainchild of former French minister and history buff Yves Jégo, is being touted as a rival to Disneyland – assuming, that is, it can gather the £180 million needed to leave the drawing board.
The plan is to build the unlikely amusement park on the site of the brilliant but doomed French leader’s final victory against the Austrians in the Battle of Montereau in 1814 just south of Paris.
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Mr Jégo hopes that construction work can start in 2014 and the park open its doors in 2017. He is due to provide more details on the attraction won February 18 - the 198th anniversary of the Battle of Montereau.

French plan 'Napoleonland' theme park which will stage daily reenactments of Battles of Waterloo and Trafalgar | Mail Online

France Plans 'Napoleonland' Amusement Park To Boost Tourism - Business Insider
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I hate Napoleon I, he may have been a good family man, but that's where the talent stopped. He didn't help the French Royal Family one bit during the Revolution of 1789, he fueled the flames. I hated the regime of the Bonapartes, they were thieves of there own country. The French Throne rightfully belonged to Bourbons. He provided the people of France with one thing, instability. Now because of him today France is a Republic...
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Napoleon Bonaparte Letter Written In English Up For Auction
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I hate Napoleon I, he may have been a good family man, but that's where the talent stopped. He didn't help the French Royal Family one bit during the Revolution of 1789, he fueled the flames. I hated the regime of the Bonapartes, they were thieves of there own country. The French Throne rightfully belonged to Bourbons. He provided the people of France with one thing, instability. Now because of him today France is a Republic...
Well I fear You have one or two things to learn about french history ...
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I look for info about other legitimate children of Napoleon, brethren of Napoleon II.
More info on MySpace.com - Eva Bartosova(EN,main) - 33 - Female - - www.myspace.com/ruperta11 in my blog

Books about him:

Read the ebook The Duke of Reichstadt (Napoleon the Second). A biography compiled from new sources of information by Eduard von Wertheimer

http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-en...-son-ala.shtml

These have a lot of information and quite objective. There is another book "King of Rome" by Victor von Kubinyi but it was not objective in my opinion.

He was offered the throne of Belgium and Poland but no one wants him on any throne.
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From my collection.

Early 19th century steelprint of the Emperor after Waterloo.





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I hate Napoleon I, he may have been a good family man, but that's where the talent stopped. He didn't help the French Royal Family one bit during the Revolution of 1789, he fueled the flames. I hated the regime of the Bonapartes, they were thieves of there own country. The French Throne rightfully belonged to Bourbons. He provided the people of France with one thing, instability. Now because of him today France is a Republic...

I admired him!
He really wasn't in a position during the Revolution where he could have helped the RF, he came to power later.
And the Bourbons were restored after him, so he didn't create the Republic, their own incompetence did that!

Also, he himself considered his greatest achievement to be the Napoleonic Code, not his military victories.
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Napoleon Bonaparte painting by David identified


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6 Things You Should Know About Napoleon

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Exhibition "Napoleon: The life of the legend" will take place in Astana| Buro 24/7.kz
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Once a week, Napoleon's librarian would be summoned to attend him with recently published books for him to glance through.
Napoleon would throw on the ground those books which did not interest him.
He would put aside one or two books to read.

When he met Tsar Alexander I in 1808, Napoleon insisted that he must have the largest palace because he had brought the largest suite.

The Empress Marie-Louise's principal lady-in-waiting, the Duchesse de Montebello detested Napoleon and the Bonapartes. She did her best to persuade Marie-Louise to share her view of them.
On July 27, 1807, Napoleon gave himself an early birthday present, the title of Napoleon the Great. I like the letter Napoleon wrote in 1815 to the Prince Regent (the future George IV).
Napoleon's letter was brief. He wrote:
I have ended my political career and I come, like Themistocles, to throw myself upon the hospitality of the British people.
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Defeated and inglorious? Why is Napoleon not treated with more respect in France? - History - Life & Style - The Independent
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Under a clear blue sky, the Emperor Napoleon, wearing his trademark black felt bicorne hat, green tunic, white breeches and riding boots, emerges at the top of a stone staircase and, with a steady gaze and a salute, acknowledges the thousands assembled in the cobbled courtyard below.

Behind him are his generals, clad in gaudy uniforms and plumed hats, with swords strapped to their waists. Stood at attention or on horseback in the courtyard are several hundred Imperial Guardsmen in their bearskin shakos, many sporting a gold earring, a sign of their elite status.

The veterans of the Old Guard were Napoleon's favourite troops. He nicknamed them "Les Grognards"– the grumblers – because they were bold enough to complain in front of him. Beyond them, crowding the square and the neighbouring streets, stand around 40,000 ordinary French citizens.
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Emperor’s old clothes (and chattels) go under the hammer as Monaco’s royal family sells off rare collection of Napoleon’s possessions


Emperor’s old clothes (and chattels) go under the hammer as Monaco’s royal family sells off rare collection of Napoleon’s possessions - Europe - World - The Independent
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Josephine grew up on a sugar plantation called Les Trois-Ilets.
She referred to herself as the bejeweled slave.
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