Simply put, from everything I’ve ever learned from multiple sources, Napoleon was a ruler who felt he had the right to rule a country because he possessed the skills to do so.
Napoleon’s opponents operated out of a system of unfair privilege for the wealthy. In their system, if Napoleon had been willing to serve the elite, he could have become a general - maybe. That’s as far as he could’ve risen based on his social placement in that society at birth.
Napoleon ultimately failed at standing up for the rights of the people. The autocrats took back control from Napoleon and now we live in this morass of injustice, perversion and lies.
I believe that Napoleon took a major stand on behalf of humanity’s right to freedom. His maxim was, “Career open to talent without distinction of birth.”
Many talented people have repeatedly faced the glass ceiling. In other words, if someone isn’t born rich and connected, that person has almost zero opportunity to join the “elite” at their dizzying heights of “success” and “privilege”.
This injustice is what I fight. This is what Napoleon fought.
I am operating off the theory that Napoleon and his stepdaughter were “twin flames”. That they were basically each other’s counterpart. Since they were so similar they had a lot of love for each other but their integrity kept them apart. After all Napoleon was Hortense’s mother’s husband. Her mother was madly in love with him.
Napoleon said that Hortense viewed him as her father therefore he didn’t want to violate the promise he made to her to be her father.
Hortense’s biological father had been guillotined during the French Revolution so having Napoleon as a surrogate father meant a lot to her.
Part of what I was hoping for by doing the hero’s journey would be that I would acquire spiritual gifts. The spiritual information that I’ve been getting is that Napoleon, while he was Emperor felt obligated to keep up appearances of “good morals” to model that sort of behavior for the public.
Napoleon had two fairly disappointing marriages. Despite Napoleon’s attempts to model morality in his family to the public, rumors still persisted that he was engaged in a longstanding affair with his stepdaughter Hortense. When Hortense’s first son was born, he was widely believed to have been the “natural” son of Napoleon.
When Hortense found out Napoleon had allowed this rumor to persist to strengthen the child’s claim to the throne, Hortense was disgusted with him for allowing her reputation to be tarnished. Hortense was frequently angry at Napoleon and resentful of his attempts to control her.
After Napoleon entered his second lousy marriage, Napoleon cried and begged Hortense not to leave him.
She hated staying around the new Empress and her creepy people.
When Napoleon abdicated for the first time, Napoleon was heart broken Hortense hadn’t followed him into exile.
Then when he returned to power, Hortense showed up to welcome him and he let her know how upset he was and how abandoned he felt.
Hortense did whatever she could to support Napoleon during his “100 days” before they all ganged up on him again and removed him from power. Hortense played the role of Napoleon’s partner during the 100 days. I don’t think they were involved romantically at this time but I do believe the presumption was still out there that they were secretly a couple.
Once again Hortense did not follow Napoleon to exile. Hortense did however write her memoirs to vindicate him and she raised the one son she could rear to stand up for the great Emperor - this son came to rule France for around 20 years as Napoleon the Third.
Right now this is my unique take on Napoleon. Basically I’m theorizing Napoleon and Hortense had a deep relationship that has been mostly ignored by “history”. I view Hortense’s Memoirs as credible along with hopefully the Memoirs of Caulaincourt. Caulaincourt plays a large role in Hortense’s Memoirs. She obviously considered Caulaincourt to be credible and honorable.
The two main people who stayed loyal to Napoleon during the 100 days were Hortense and Caulaincourt. Neither however joined Napoleon in exile. I sincerely believe Napoleon was hoping that he could’ve finally pursued a relationship with Hortense in exile but she broke his heart by not joining him there with her sons - who were also Napoleon’s nephews.
I’m trying to explore if there’s data to back up my current view of Napoleon’s history.