Mar 31 • 25M

Napoleon in Exile

Napoleon Bonaparte was famously exiled not once but twice to two different islands. This is the story of exactly how and why France's fallen emperor was banished.

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If you’re a solver of crossword puzzles, you probably know that Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba. But that was just the beginning. Historians Peter Hicks and Rafe Blaufarb tell us the full story.