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Imperial Coat of Arms of Napoleon-I

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Napoleon’s 22 years as a military leader, 10 of which were as Emperor, were marked by the constant need for warfare and conquest. Of those 22 years, he spent 14 fighting.

A piece of work, wasn’t he? I am sure most kings and dukes in Europe at the time must have started whispering to each other in exasperation, ‘what’s with this guy?’ and wanting to tell him,’ Go get a life, dude’, if they had the guts to do so. The unrelenting fighting became so expensive at one point, that Britain (by far the richest of the other coalition partners against France) had to introduce the world’s first income tax to pay for the wars that France provoked……

Napoleon – The beginning of the end