One of the greatest military leaders that ever lived, Napoleon left behind a legacy. His work has lived on, years after his death. His Code Napoleon has formed the foundation for most of the legal and parliamentary systems across Europe and the rest of the world today. Such was the impact that Napoleon had on the world. He was the man who was able to make 36 million French citizens obey him, without exerting any authority over them, but because of his pure genius, which had seen him succeed where so many of his predecessors had failed. He was the man who managed to come out victorious in battle, when he was clearly outnumbered by his adversaries, something that so many of the most confident and bravest men on the planet would never ever have thought possible. But he, Napoleon Bonaparte, defied all odds. Other than the fact that he was known for his military exploits, Napoleon was also known for something else, love. He loved, passionately. He harbored deep love for his first wife Josephine, a love whose tale that has been told for years. Such was his undying love for Josephine, that he defied the odds, his family included, and married her, once his mistress, a woman years his senior, and a socialite with a penchant for going after men of power. But, for Napoleon, it was love, pure unadulterated love, which kept them in good terms, even after they had divorced. At the time of his death, his last words were his love for Josephine, his country France and his army, the three most important things to him.
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