Napoleonic Satires

Even the rats don't want him

Napoleonic Satires

Satires made in Britain and continental Europe that depict Napoleon as a diminutive brat combat Napoleon’s self-constructed imperial image as a powerful god-like ruler. Satires such as these participate in a broad conversation that spans genres to suggest that the official French images of Napoleon are no more authentic or permanent than the satiric image. To this day Napoleon’s imperial image is popularly conflated with his satirical representation – namely his short stature, which is largely a satiric invention.

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