posted on May, 13 2014 @ 04:52 PM
What I find most intriguing regarding Bonaparte is that he was exiled instead of executed. Understanding the precedent of the time it is apparent that
exile was common for monarchs, as other monarchs did not wish to set such a precedent. What is absolutely astounding in my opinion is that royal
leaders viewed Napoleon in such a light. He WAS a commoner, and easily could have been executed. This told the people that THEY could rise from
poverty and obscurity to achieve the same status as a monarch. It told them that they were essentially the same as a monarch in some respects.
The reason that Napoleon was not executed is simply due to the sanctioning by the pope. Had this not occurred when Napoleon crowned himself emperor, I
think he would have been executed. I like the military side of history more than the political side, but unfortunately they are too often intertwined.