Napoleon Bonaparte’s boots go to auction | AFP

A small pair of boots believed to have been worn by Napoleon I in exile on St Helena are auctioned at Drouot’s in Paris. The boots are estimated to fetch between 50,000 and 80,000 euros.

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Russian historian in court for grisly murder of ex-student lover | AFP

A Russian historian who confessed to murdering and dismembering his 24-year-old ex-student lover appears in court as calls grow for an investigation into his alleged abuse of female students. Pale and unshaven, the 63-year-old prominent Napoleon expert broke down in tears in the glass enclosure, covering his face with his hands, as judges were to decide whether to formally arrest him. The horrific case implicating the father of two drew fresh attention to violence against women in Russia, including in academic circles, which critics said authorities were not taking seriously.

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Today in History for October 19th

Highlights of this day in history: British surrender at Yorktown decides American Revolution; Stock market crash hits Wall Street in late 1980s; Napoleon’s forces begin retreat from Moscow; Concorde makes first landing in New York. (Oct. 19)

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DNA | AFP Animé

Videographic on DNA. Archaeologists are set to unveil the answer to a 200-year-old question over the remains of a French general who died during Napoleon’s 1812 campaign in Russia. Genetic analysis is being carried out to confirm the identity using DNA.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Today in History for March 20th

Highlights of this day in history: American and British forces invade Iraq; U.S. soldiers charged in Abu Ghraib scandal; France’s Napoleon regains power; ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’; Sarin attack hits Tokyo subway; John Lennon marries Yoko Ono. (March 20th)

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Gold bay leaf from Napoleon’s crown to be sold at auction

A gold bay leaf that was created for Napoleon’s crown will go under the hammer on Nov. 19. The crown, worn by the emperor in the famous painting by Jacques-Louis David, was deemed too heavy by its wearer and six large leaves were removed as a result. When the crown was melted during the Restoration, this leaf survived to become a symbol of the Napoleonic period.

Abu Dhabi just opened their Louvre museum – take a look inside

Louvre Abu Dhabi just opened 10 years after the project was announced in 2007. The art museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, cost over £1 billion to make.

Abu Dhabi is renting the name “Louvre” for 30 years andy paid France £399 million to do so.

They also loaned 300 artworks from France, which cost £571 million. Just like Paris, the museum has a Da Vinci portrait, “La Belle Ferronniere,” which is also on loan.

There are more than 620 pieces and artefacts on display including Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. There’s also a Napoleon painting from Jacques-Louis David.

Only 235 pieces are from the museum’s own collection. Loans come from 13 French museums like Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, and Versailles.

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Louis XIV, Napoleon diamond to be auctioned off in Geneva

A large, pink diamond once set in the crowns of numerous French kings and emperors is on display at the Christie’s auction house in London before it goes under the hammer in Geneva next month. ‘Le Grand Mazarin’ is estimated to reach 6-9 million dollars on auction in Geneva on November 14.

Napoleon is Back: Rehearsal reenactment of the Battle of Borodino (360 VIDEO)

RT gives you the opportunity to relive the dramatic events of 1812 and witness first-hand the Battle of Borodino reenactment with our new panoramic video.

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Thousands recreate Napoleonic battle near Moscow

Members of Russian historical reconstruction clubs reenacted the Battle of Maloyaroslavets, which took place near Moscow during the 1812 Napoleonic war in Russia. Participants playing French and Russian troops ‘attacked’ each other with artillery, infantry and cavalry.
After Napoleon’s decision to evacuate Moscow, French troops withdrew from the Russian capital when the Russian army – led by Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov – caught up with the retreating French army, ruining their plans to winter in southern Russia.
More than 12,000 people died during the fight at Maloyaroslavets.

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