I live at about 2km of Quatre Bras and 30km of Waterloo, both epicentres of Napoleon’s last battle and one of Europe’s most epic battles of history it was ! I have always enjoyed reading about Napoleon and this summer took out some time to read “Waterloo – the last 100 days” from Flemish writer Johan Op De Beek.
There is no denying that Napoleon remains an enigma – to some he was a hero and to others a tyrant. Fact is that overall, history remains particularly kind to his achievements in contrast with so many autocratic leaders history has born.
Even Wellington who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo turned out to be one of Napoleon’s biggest admirers. He has been instrumental at stopping the Prussians of wanting to execute Napoleon upon his capture after Waterloo. Wellington is claimed to have said :” we cannot be associated with executing one of histories’ most extra ordinary leaders”.
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