Napoleon at Chateau de Fontainebleau

It’s not uncommon for historic palaces to have the stamps of multiple reigning monarchs in both their design and architecture. Napoleon I (aka Napoleon Bonaparte for those who, like me, struggle to keep track) was just one of many in the history of Chateau de Fontainebleau to have made his lasting mark.

Today there’s even a museum dedicated to Napoleon that you can visit. Here are some of the Napoleon-related items at Chateau de Fontainebleau that stood out for me.

The man himself, looking handsome and regal.

Napoleon and his mistress-turned-wife, Empress Josephine, shared a tumultuous marriage marred with infidelity. They eventually divorced and Napoleon remarried.

But on his death bed his last words were reportedly, “France, the Army, the Head of the Army, Joséphine.”(“France, l’armée, tête d’armée, Joséphine”).

Empress Josephine

Napoleon spent much of his time away from Chateau de Fontainebleau, on military campaigns. Here’s a recreation of his tent, as well as an outfit and some supplies he would have had with him while away.

Here’s his bedroom, within his own apartment at the palace. I love the mix of green and gold.

Napoleon’s throne was installed in the Bedroom of the Kings, where the bed would have been.

The surrounding decorations were designed by François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter. The throne itself was reportedly brought from the Tuileries Palace.

I think I still have a couple of posts worth of photos from our visit to Chateau de Fontainebleau to share. Stay tuned..

Bonne journée!


PS. I’m looking for recommendations on a book about Empress Josephine. It looks like she led quite an exciting life, and I’d like to learn more about her. Please and thank you.

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