Note Gives Glimpse Into Napoleon’s Agonized Final Years

Note Gives Glimpse Into Napoleon’s Agonized Final Years
AP photo/Christopher Torchia

Napoleon Bonaparte ricocheted to power in the early 19th century, rapidly rising through the ranks during the French Revolution and crowning himself emperor in 1804, when he was 35 years old.

Comparatively, the statesman and military leader’s death was a subdued affair: Exiled on Saint Helena, a rocky island in the South Atlantic Ocean, the former emperor suffered agonizing symptoms for years before finally succumbing to illness in 1821, at the age of 51.

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