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A close-up on: the coronation of Napoleon I


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<i>The coronation of Napoleon I (detail) © RMN </i>

The coronation of Napoleon I (detail) © RMN

On 2 December, 1804, the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris was the stage on which the coronation of Napoleon I was played out, in the presence of Pope Pius VII. The new emperor broke from tradition by crowning himself and pronouncing an oath guaranteeing the preservation of the gains of the Revolution.



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