Napoleon’s Legacy

I'm on vacation this week, so here's a fun story from my archives about Napoleon's genes. It was originally published in 2010 on The Last Word on Nothing.

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In perhaps the same way that Americans prattle on about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the French never tire of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte.

In fairness, the circumstances surrounding the Little Corporal’s later years, death and burial are…unusual. At age 46, he was exiled to the island of St. Helena. He was still under English custody when he died, five years later, of stomach cancer, and the Brits refused his final wish: to be buried on the banks ...

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