a reply to: Wrabbit2000
As far as I'm aware Napoleon wasn't executed for the simple reason that it wasn't the norm back then and that he wasn't considered a brutal or
repressive leader or ruler.
Napoleon never killed any of the rulers of the lands he conquered - they were either allowed to leave and go live in another country or given a small
estate somewhere and allowed to live quite comfortably.
And as touched on, it is thought that Napoleon may have agreed to 'come quietly' and not to stir up trouble - he still had many supporters as is
evidenced upon his return from his initial exile.
When Napoleon escaped from Elba and returned to France and raised yet another army this was considered something of a betrayal and 'bad form'.
Hence his exile to St Helena one of the most isolated places on earth.
Here he was treated with minimal courtesy and luxury and he often complained about his 'harsh treatment'.
There were several attempts to free Napoleon from St Helena, none of which had any sort of success.
Napoleon proved a bit of a thorn in The Crown's side with even some noble and noted politicians raising his case in Parliament.
Some believe Napoleons eventual death due to 'stomach problems' - now attributed to stomach cancer by mainstream Academia - was as a direct result
of poisoning by those who wished him to simply disappear quietly.
Napoleon was indeed a remarkable man and his achievements should not be under-estimated.
He was neither the evil villain that some have us believe nor was he the genius others portray him as.
As with most, if not all, of history's great people I suspect there was an element of both within him.
If I am to be honest I've got to say that Napoleon is given nothing but 'bad press' here in the UK - for obvious reasons.
Rightly or wrongly, and I know its a massive generalisation, but I'd say that as a nation we are still extremely distrustful and suspicious of the
French as a whole - and it cuts both ways.