Feldherr, Kaiser, Mensch

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Feldherr, Kaiser, Mensch

Ed. Meinrad Maria Grewenig, text(s) by Bernard Chevallier, Meinrad Maria Grewenig, Sabine Kaufmann


1998. 256 pp., 210 ills.


23.90 x 27.90 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-0737-4

Napoleon Bonaparte's (1769-1821) influence on the reshaping of Europe cannot be overestimated. He destroyed the ancien regime and paved the way for the modern concept of the state and nationality. In 1804 Napoleon anchored the rights of the individual to freedom and equality - the watchwords of the French Revolution - in the 'code civil' which was soon to be respected and emulated by most of the nations of Europe. His rise from lowly artillery lieutenant to 'Emperor of the French' plus his subsequent demise and exile has preoccupied the world ever since. Napoleon's life and career, his private and political surroundings, and his part in history come alive again through the artworks of his time. This weighty, richly illustrated volume contains family portraits, clothes, jewelry and magnificent robes, battle scenes, weapons and uniforms, everyday objects and the legendary camp-bed that he used to rest on during campaigns. Precious Sevres porcelain vessels, fine clocks, furniture and carpets from the Imperial household all bear witness to the classical style that was so closely linked with the Napoleonic era in Europe. The editor: Meinrad Maria Grewenig, born 1954 in Saarbrücken. Studied art history, classical archeology, philosophy, theology and education science. Since 1992 Meinrad Maria Grewenig has been Director of the Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer.

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