A Tiny French Ruler’s Birthday {Napolean Bonaparte} & Giveaway

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Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

Living in Europe has been nothing short of wonderful. From a historical and cultural aspect, it is truly the chance of a lifetime for our American family of 5. One of the many people my husband, children, and I are very interested in knowing more about is Napoleon Bonaparte. How could one man have so much power and territory? How many wars did he fight? Was he really as short as people say he was? Let’s find out.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Was born on August 15, 1769, in Corsica, France.

He was married twice.

    • First marriage to Joséphine Tascher de La Pagerie on March 9, 1796.
    • Divorced Joséphine Tascher de La Pagerie on December 15, 1809, due to not producing a son for his heir.
    • Second marriage to Marie-Louise takes place on April 2, 1810.
    • On March 20, 1811, Marie-Louise births Napoleon’s heir – Napoleon II.

French History

Bonaparte was a fighter!

He fought LOTS of battles during his reign. OVER 100!

  • Here is an alphabetical list of Napoleonic battles.
  • Here is a link to a Napoleonic timeline with lots of details for those who want to know more.

    A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.
    ~Napoleon Bonaparte

The Invasion that went terribly wrong

Was Napoleon Really Short?

A lot of speculation has gone on over the years as to whether or not Napoleon was in fact a “tiny” man. Some historians suggest that the heavily documented height of 5’2″ that we have read about in history books was in fact done in French feet (pieds de roi) and not properly converted to the American measurement system. Other historians argue that his autopsy where the height of 5’2″ was done in British measurements as it was signed by several British doctors in a British ruled area. Others argue that because Napoleon was surrounded by large body guards at all times, this gave the impression that he was of short stature. Who knows? All I know is that there is nothing wrong with being 5’2″ – after all – I am 5’2″ (SMILE).

Want to know more?

This is a great DVD series done by A&E for anyone with interest in Napoleon’s life.
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  1. This is just up my little explorers alley, he is very interested in Geography and world studies. So cool!

  2. I have twin 7th grade boys who will be using MFW ECC in the fall. I would love to win the lapbook for any of the countries we will be studying!

  3. I am new to homeschooling. Will start with my first born, he is three, soon. I would love to win a lapbook to check out!

  4. Germany. Anything to help the children get a better understanding for their German heritage.

  5. We are using MFW ECC this year so this wold be a great resource as we study different countries all year long.

  6. We are so new at this — so to start we want to start with England, then Ireland

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