“The failure of his absurd enterprise”

We left off yesterday with Countess Potocka's rather unflattering description of Murat following his triumphant entry into Poland in November of 1806; today we will continue with the Countess's recollection of Murat's clumsy and, ultimately, unsuccessful attempt to arrange a liaison with her. This occurs shortly after the arrival of Napoleon and the beginning of …

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“He had the majestic air of actors who are playing kings”

In the interest of ensuring this blog maintains an objective view of its subject, from time to time I intend to post primary accounts that recollect Murat in a negative manner; my goal is to be Murat's biographer, not his hagiographer. It isn't particularly enjoyable for me to read these often malicious accounts of him …

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