Napoleon Series Archive 2015

the king of Graudenz

On p. 731, there is the origin of the popular story that Courbière was told the king of Prussia had died and thus there was no more reason to defend the fortress, on which he allegedly answered:

Well, if there is no king of Prussia any more, then I will be king of Graudenz.

https://books.google.de/books?id=iGJDAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA731

The earliest version of this story dates from 1808 (footnote **):

https://books.google.de/books?id=ZqlGAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA102

Priesdorff (N° 664, p. 151) states that Courbière answered Savary:

And even if there is no king of Prussia any more, who owns Prussia, still there is a king of Graudenz [means: the king still owns Graudenz].

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Blokade und Belagerung der Festung Graudenz 1807.
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Höpfner’s Der Krieg von 1806 und 1807 (1851).
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