American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Napoleon I Originally Napoleon Bonaparte. Called "the Little Corporal.” 1769-1821. Emperor of the French (1804-1814). A brilliant military strategist, he deposed the French Directory (1799) and proclaimed himself first consul and, later, emperor (1804). His military and political might gripped Continental Europe but failed to encompass Great Britain. After a disastrous winter campaign in Russia (1812), he was forced to abdicate (1814). Having been exiled to the island of Elba, he escaped, briefly regained power, and was ultimately defeated at Waterloo (1815) and exiled for life to the island of St. Helena. His codification of laws, the Napoleonic Code, still forms the basis of French civil law.
- n. French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)
“Since the time of Napoleon I the university has occupied the old Olivetan convent of Monte Morcino.”
“In his book, "IdÈes NapolÈoniennes", published in 1838, he appears as the testamentary executor of Napoleon I and a bold social reformer.”
“It was as if a rigid Bourbon, who had served under Louis XV in France in 1763, had been chief law-maker under Napoleon I in 1810.”
“Caricature and Satire on Napoleon I (London, 1884).”
“Madeleine (begun 1764 and finished 1824), of which Napoleon I wished to make a Temple of Glory, had within less than a century two pastors, who were martyred, Le Ber, butchered in 1792, and Deguerry, shot in 1871.”
“It was here that the treaty was signed between Napoleon I and Pius VI in 1797, and here, also,”
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