Napoleon Bonaparte's Self-Coronation

Napoleon Bonaparte's Self-Coronation

Legend has it that during Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation ceremony, he grabbed the crown from Pope Pius VII's hands and crowned himself Emperor of the French. But, a referendum showed that a staggering 99.93% of the French people supported his rule. During his reign, the charismatic leader lead France from revolutionary chaos to near total European dominance to near ruins.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Napoleon's birth name was Napoleone di Buonaparte. (0:06)

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    Napoleon was named commander of the Army of the Interior and became a trusted military advisor at age 26. (2:05)

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    The reason we decoded hieroglyphs may be because Napoloeon was set on owning Egypt. (5:19)

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