Napoleon Series Archive 2009

Re: Napoleons phobias
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"Napoleon [almost insanely] and Kaiser Wilhelm had a phobia of cats (ailurophobia)."

“It is said that after his victory at Wagram, while temporarily sojourning in the palace at Schonbrunn belonging to the conquered Emperor of Austria, the conqueror called out loudly for assistance. An equerry entered, and found his master half undressed, agitated, perspiring,frantically striking out at some object unseen. A cat had hidden behind the bed curtain. and Napoleon, almost as-scared as puss herself, was making desperate lunges at her through the hangings.” This is, however, the only example given.

Fear of things happening on Friday: “Barras says in his Memoirs that, as the 17th of Brumaire happened to be a Friday, Napoleon put off his attempt until the following day.”

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