Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Greatest historical myths-Napoleon was a little corporal

Napoleon was a little corporal

Some people believe that Napoleon’s domineeiring ambitions were to compensate for being so physically small. Not so. True, Napoleon was called Le Petit Corporal (”The Little Corporal”), but he was 5 feet, 7 inches tall - taller than the average eighteenth-century Frenchman. So why the nickname? Early in his military career, soldiers used it to mock his relatively low rank. The name stuck, even as he became ruler of France.

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