Napoleon, The Straitlaced Monster

During Napoleon’s time as first consul it was the fashion for women to wear transparent gauze dresses. Somewhat incensed at this practice, one evening Napoleon ordered the servants to build up the drawing-room fire until the room reached ovenlike temperature. As he sourly explained: “It is extremely cold and these ladies are almost naked.” Josephine understood the situation and inaugurated new fashions in dress of a somewhat more seemly nature.


Published in: on January 4, 2010 at 12:59 PM  Comments (2)  

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  1. One never really knows a man until you know what he thinks of women…..

    • So true. Too often we look at a salient point or two of an historical person’s makeup and forget the horrors they perpetrated. In Napoleon’s case, his undeniable military prowess rests atop a million corpses that remain hidden from view in the hagiographies that camouflage his crimes.

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