Napoleon at Home: The Daily Life of the Emperor at the Tuileries, Volume 1

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H. Grevel and Company, 1894
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Page 148 - Sometimes, when teased, the child resisted. One day, when he had the two sons of Louis to dejeuner, he made the eldest turn his head away, and then took away his boiled egg. The boy, who was three •years old, took up his knife and said to the Emperor: " Give me back my egg, or I will kill you!
Page 104 - ... bullion fringe, were all passed through the loop of the coat, which, as regards decorations, was embellished only with the badge of the grand eagle of the Legion, embroidered in silver, and with the two decorations of the Legion of Honor and of the Iron Crown. The badge of the Legion which the Masson. Emperor wore was, up to the time of Austerlitz, the decoration in silver of a legionary, not surmounted with the crown, which was not added till April, 1806. After Austerlitz, he assumed the gold...
Page 58 - ... apartment of ceremony was reserved for fetes, ceremonies, assemblies, and grand audiences. In the every-day life it was not made use of. The first room was a concert hall — the Salle des Mare'chaux — which, taking up with the grand staircase and the grand vestibule the whole of the central pavilion, formed the communication between the two wings of the palace ; that on the left, containing, in two stories, the apartments of the Emperor and of the Empress ; and that on the right, in which...
Page 86 - It is very ugly; it is not pretty. How can a' man like you carry such an ugly stick as that?" "Sire, that cane cost me a great deal of money, although I got it very cheap." "Tell me, Corvisart ! what did it cost ? " " Fifteen hundred francs, Sire ; it is not dear.
Page 57 - The latter does honour to the maker, the other shows a manner of life. At the Tuileries — and it was the same in the other imperial residences — the portion of the palace assigned to the habitation of the sovereign was distributed into three descriptions of apartments : — The apartment of ceremony ; The ordinary apartment of the Emperor ; The ordinary apartment of the Empress ; The first two only concern us here. The grand apartment of ceremony was reserved for fetes, ceremonies, assemblies,...
Page 90 - ... him. He formerly used to be shaved, but for a long time, that is to say, since about 1803, he had shaved himself — after he had changed his valet. A small mirror was held before him, and turned as required, in the process of shaving. He then used to wash himself with a great quantity of water in a silver basin which from its size might have been taken for a vat. A sponge dipped in eau de cologne was passed over his hair, and the rest of the bottle was poured over his shoulders. His flannel...
Page 94 - These tend almost to a dark flaxen, in keeping with the blue — rather deep blue — eyes. It was only at the end of the Consulate that he made up his mind to wear his hair quite short at the neck, and we may suppose that the reason must have been the very early baldness which is already foreshadowed in Gerard's fine portrait of 1803. In Italy he wore his hair quite long, flowing over his temples, a few locks only tied up into a pigtail with a ribbon.
Page 48 - He recognises two beings in his own person : one, which in physical, intellectual, and moral process has wants which must be respected; for which complete liberty is necessary ; the other is under the control of his sense of dignity, and directed by the grand master of the ceremonies, a creature of spectacle and pomp, whose steps are governed by etiquette, and who, as soon as he makes an official appearance, is subject to all the ceremonies customary among absolute monarchs.
Page 100 - Hercules in medallions enriched with arabesques. The pommel terminated with a helmet and was formed of an owl ; the bow, ornamented with eagles and bees, was finished off with a small antique lion's head ; the guard, consisting of a reversed shell, was chased with a shield charged with an eagle grasping thunderbolts ; on the edge of the shield were placed sixteen bees, as many as there were cohorts in the Legion of Honour ; the blade of cast steel was incrusted with ornament.
Page 163 - The lid of the table slided into a groove, so that it could be shut without disarranging the papers. Under the bureau, and screwed to the floor, was a sliding cupboard, into which every time the Emperor went out was placed a portfolio of which he alone had the key. The armchair belonging to the bureau was of antique shape ; the back was covered with tapestry of green kerseymere, the folds of which were fastened by silk cords, and the arms finished off with griffins

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