15 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Napoleon Bonaparte

6. His wife cheated on him

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Napoleon was a loyal and faithful husband to Josephine, and going by the letters he wrote to her, it is safe to assume, that he was deeply in love with her. A few days into the marriage, Napoleon had to embark on an Italian campaign leaving his wife behind. He wrote to her very frequently, and his letters express a strong sense of insecurity and possessiveness. “I hope before long to crush you in my arms and cover you with a million kisses burning as though beneath the equator,” read a line from his original letter. The lady on the other hand was not so much in love, and did not write back to him. In fact she was having affairs with other men, in her husband’s absence. On knowing this Napoleon wrote, “I write you, me beloved one, very often, and you write very little. You are wicked and naughty, very naughty, as much as you are fickle. It is unfaithful so to deceive a poor husband, a tender lover!”

7. Napoleon was a novelist too!

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Apart from being the star campaigner of France, an emperor and a revolutionary leader, another one of the Napoleon Bonaparte facts is that he was a romantic. The man had penned down a romantic novel in the year 1795, Clisson et Eugénie. The book was never published during his lifetime. In fact, various segments of the book were later auctioned, and the complete English translation was published in the year 2009, and is available at book stores and libraries.

8. Napoleon suffered from “Ailurophobia”

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It is said that a number of leaders in the world including napoleon suffered from a fear of cats. Phobia to cats is known as Ailurophobia. However, in a book by Katherine Macdonough, she mentions that that there is no proof of him being scared of cats.

9. Napoleon hardly slept, but took naps during war

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How much should a person sleep? “Six for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool!” claimed Napoleon. The man had this amazing ability to sleep and get up at his own will, and slept only 3 to 4 hours in a day, yet was never fatigued. Having said that, he had a very weird habit of sleeping soundly right before a battle; before the triumph of Austerlitz, Napoleon was found sleeping. During the Wagram battle, the man went off to take a nap for 20 minutes, just before the decisive moments and started giving orders when he was up.

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10. He was superstitious

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It is said that Napoleon strongly believed in good and bad luck along with omens. He strongly hated the number 13 and disliked Fridays. That apart, he always carried a picture of his wife with him whenever he went for a war campaign, because he considered her lucky. 2nd of December was his lucky day, because it was the day of his coronation and he also emerged triumphant in the battle of Austerlitz on the very same day in the year 1805.