The Library of Historic Characters and Famous Events: Of All Nations and All Ages (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Feb 3, 2018 - 430 pages
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Napoleon's father's family was originally from Tuscany, but had been settled in Corsica for several generations. Charles, the father of Napoleon, was educated at Pisa for the profession of the law. Before the birth Of Napoleon, his father had served under Paoli in the defence of his country against the French, to whom the Genoese had basely sold the island. The entire submission of Corsica to France took place in June, 1769, about a month before the recognized date Of Napoleon's birth. In this way he claimed to be born a subject of France. The family of Bonaparte, having shown their titles, was registered among the nobility and Charles, some years after, repaired to Paris, as a member of a deputa tion of his order, to Louis XVI. Yet when some Italian genealogists, in the days of Napoleon's greatness, tried to flatter him by tracing back his pedigree to the Dukes of Tre viso, he cut them short by saying that his patent Of nobility dated from the battle of Montenotte, his first Victory over the Austrians.

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