“So all things may be in readiness, he himself stands before the legions, waiting only for the sun to rise in order to announce the time for the oration that will electrify the soldiers, and the sun may rise more glorious than ever, an inspiring and inflaming sight for all, only not for him, because the sun did not rise as glorious as this at Austerlitz, and only the sun of Austerlitz gives victory and inspiration. Thus, the inexplicable passion with which such a one may often rage against an entirely insignificant man, when otherwise he may show humanity and kindness even toward his enemies." (Søren Kierkegaard)
|François Gérard (1770 - 1837) "Napoléon at the Battle of Austerlitz" (1810)|
|In effect, Napoleon was France - |
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: "Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne"
|During the counter-charge of the Tsar's Imperial Guard on the Pratzen Heights, even a French regimental eagle was captured - as patriotically imagined by the Russian Bogdan Willenwalde in 1884|
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