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10 Things You Didn't Know About Napoleon

Busting myths and shining a light on the not so 'Little Corporal'

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Throughout history, Britain has provoked and irked almost every country on the planet. From colonialism to modern day political spats, the British aren’t usually ones to help their own reputation.

However, few (if any) countries can claim to have been at the receiving end of more British grief and annoyance than their colonial rivals, France. The Battle of Hastings, Agincourt, Joan of Arc, the occupation of Calais and the American War of Independence are just a few times when Britain and France have come to blows.

Difficult and more often that not hostile relations between Britain and France have resulted in several wars and battles such as the infamous 100 Years War (fun fact: the 100 Years War actually lasted 116 years), the Battle of Trafalgar and the Battle of Waterloo. A man associated with the latter of these two is one of France’s most iconic figures, Napoleon Bonaparte, who executed a meteoric rise (and fall) thanks to Britain.

But, how much of our commonly known Napoleon trivia is actually true? In this article, we will look at ten of the biggest misconceptions and overlooked facts concerning the (not so) ‘Little Corporal’.

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