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Published: Nov 15, 2013, 01:32 IST | The Centrestage Team

Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is all set to make a biopic on Napoleon Bonaparte

CS shares some trivia about the first emperor of France.

>> He penned a romance novel titled Clisson et Eugenie, which was a thinly veiled autobiography about his relationship with Desiree Clary.

>> Often credited with originating the phrase, a picture is worth thousand words, what Napoleon actually said, as quoted in L’Arche de Noé, was: “A good sketch is better than a long speech.”

>> Napoleon wanted to be buried on the banks of the Seine but when his remains were returned to France in 1840, he was interred with other French military leaders in Les Invalides in Paris.

>> Napoleon married Joséphine de Beauharnais in 1796, and later, Josephine’s daughter, Hortense, married Napoleon’s brother Louis.

>> While on a campaign in Egypt, Napoleon learned that Joséphine was having an affair and wrote a distraught letter to his brother. The letter was intercepted by the British and published in newspapers, causing Napoleon great embarrassment.

>> Napoleon jailed 13 Catholic cardinals for not attending his second marriage. And Napoleon’s officers kidnapped Pope Pius VII and held him captive for five years.  

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