§ 620.Napoleon I, Napoleon II and Napoleon III

19th century:
§620. Napoleon I, Napoleon II (1811-1832) and Napoleon III: VIII-32.

Beware of your nephew, King of Gaul,
Who shall do so much whilst your unique son
Shall be bruised by making a vow to Venus,
Being accompanied with the night only nine in number.

(Garde toy roy Gaulois de ton nepveu
Qui fera tant que ton unique filz.
Sera meurtry à Venus faisant vœu,
Accompaigné de nuict que trois & six.)

Keys to the reading:
your nephew: Charles-Louis-Napoleon (1808-1873), Napoleon III, son of Louis Bonaparte (1778-1846), younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821);

King of Gaul: Napoleon I, the other two mentions of King of Gaul (II-69, IV-54) referring to the same;

whilst: The French que (verse 2) is a conjunction of time (while, whilst);

your unique son: Napoleon François Charles Joseph (1811-1832), Napoleon II. «According to the Memorial of St. Helena, Napoleon had several children, but he recognized only one of them, his legitimate child» (Torné-Chavigny, 1861, p.175);

bruised (meurtry): meurtry in its 31 usages in the Prophecies having three different senses, the first is murdered (21 times), the second hurt (once in IV-69) and the third bruised (9 times including this case);

only: The French que (verse 4) is a conjunction of emphasis (only, but);

trois & six: 3 + 6 = 9;

nuict que trois & six: the night only nine in number, signifing «a very short time» (Torné-Chavigny, id.);

Shall be bruised by making a vow to Venus, Being accompanied with the night only nine in number: He abandoned himself to sensual and social pleasures (the night) only for a while to have realized his true aspiration of politico-military nature bequeathed him by his heroic father.

The duke of Reichstadt: « The July revolution of 1830 by expelling the Bourbons from the throne of France had not failed to revive a party whose interests were bound up with the Napoleonic dynasty represented by Napoleon's young son, once king of Rome, now duke of Reichstadt, who had been brought up at the court of his grandfather the Austrian emperor. The Bonapartist schemes increased in cunning in proportion to the condemnation with which they were viewed by public opinion and in official circles. As the direct and more open way did not lead to the desired goal, the schemers engageed in the devious and intriguing ways of secrecy. The Austrian cabinet having refused to surrender the duke of Reichstadt to the apostles of the Empire, they endeavoured more boldly and imprudently to allure him away and abduct him. He was constantly found surrounded by prowling individuals who had never belonged to his entourage before; he was ever more and more urgently pressed to escape to France or Italy with the help of the agents and to place himself at the head of an adventurous enterprise.

« There is no doubt that ambitious and daring members of the Bonaparte family secretly held the threads of this intrigue. The most venturesome was the countess Napoleone Camerata, niece of the emperor Napoleon, daughter of his eldest sister, the princess Elisa Bacciochi. She, of all the relations of the emperor, most resembled him in features and in her whole nature. She possessed the most fabulously lively fancy, she was energy itself; she was also a past mistress of manly accomplishments, such as riding and the handling of weapons. Weary of her weak and sanctimonious husband, for a long time she led a restless, wandering life until the July revolution, reviving dynastic hopes, induced her to go to Vienna. There she took up her quarters for several weeks in the Karnthner Strasse, and endeavoured by means of a secret correspondence to rouse her cousin, the duke of Reichstadt. She begged him not to act as an Austrian archduke, but rather as a French prince and a man. She adjured him in memory of the terrible torments to which the European sovereigns had condemned his father, in consideration of the long death agony of the exile, by which he was made to expiate the crime of having acted too magnanimously towards them, to bear in mind that he was his son, and that his father's dying gaze had been fixed upon his portrait.

« The duke of Reichstadt did not enter into all these challenges, on the contrary he kept to the following statement: " I cannot return to France as an adventurer! Let the nation elect me and I will find means to succeed." But in his soul he suffered real torture, the outward signs of which were visible to all his entourage, but the nature of which was only partially revealed to two persons, the prince of Dietrichstein and Prokesch von Osten. To the former the duke turned of his own free will in order to take counsel with him, the well-known, unbounded admirer of Napoleon, and to receive comfort from him in his heart's distress.» (HH, XIV, p.589-590)

« Prokesch von Osten found the duke at this time, " sad, thoughtful, and distrait.'' He often noticed in the middle of a conversation " that under the appearance of outward calm he was a prey to a continual inward agitation of extraordinary violence. The inclination to seclude himself from everyone, and to treat the outer world with distrust and bitter prejudice became more and more apparent in the duke. He conversed often exhaustively with Prokesch concerning the future of France; and expressed his conviction that she would henceforth be subjected to great changes which would powerfully affect Europe. The warlike preparations occasioned in Austria as well as everywhere else by the July revolution, formed another topic of conversation. The duke betrayed a passionate desire, should war really break out, to take an active part in it. " But," he said to Prokesch, " to take part in an offensive war against France! How could I do it, what would everyone think of me? " He added, with evident pain, " I would take up arms only should France attack Austria." But immediately after seized by fresh doubts he continued in a troubled voice, "And yet no! my father's will clearly lays down my duty, and this command shall guide my actions throughout my life." He was referring to the words of the testament of April 15, 1821: " I command my son never to forget that he was born a French prince, he shall never fight against France in any way or do her an injury."» (HH, XIV, p.590-591)

« In the meanwhile the outward condition of the prince reached a crisis. Since the July revolution, he had had no more ardent wish, than to be able to rejoin his regiment in Prague. Did he then find Vienna such a gloomy place ? Was he more oppressed than ever by the feeling of unbearable dependence at a time of such powerful excitement ? And did he really believe, as he frankly confessed to Baron Prokesch, that in that desired change lay the way to his emancipation, the means of attaining at last the complete exercise of his will ? Not only Prokesch, however, but Metternich and even the emperor, looked upon such a change of condition in those disturbed times as a false kind of emancipation. Even if at first they had hesitated to carry out the earlier plan, it was certain that at the beginning of September, since Louis Philippe had been recognised, it had already been determined that Napoleon's son should not return to his garrison, but should spend the next winter and perhap longer still in Vienna. In order to compensate him for his disappointed hopes, he was in November raised to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the infantry regiment of Nassau.» (HH, XIV, p.591)

Shall be bruised by making a vow to Venus, Being accompanied with but three and six nights :« At the same time efforts were made to win him from his brooding by means of all kinds of distractions. He was allowed to witness in the second half of September the brilliant ceremonies and festivities in Presburg, which accompanied the coronation of the heir to the Austrian throne as king of Hungary. He was purposely drawn into all the pleasures, assemblies and halls at court, where he was — especially among the fair sex — the object of universal attention and sympathy, and where his wit, his facility in expressing himself, the vivacity of his repartees, the elegance of his dress and manners, the charm of his tall person and the beauty of his features insured him considerable success. Judging from contemporary portraits, his face was rather round than oval, with a very prominent nose and pouting underlip; the forehead was open and high, the cheeks somewhat hollow, thoughtful eyes looked out from beneath the curly, carefully parted hair, and increased the interest awakened by his appearance. At last he was given the entrée into diplomatic circles, for the first time on January 25th, 1831, when he appeared at a social gathering at the residence of Lord Cowley the English ambassador. This was for him a kind of turning point in his life. It is true that no distraction had the power to dispel his sadness. In spite of the good will with which he was welcomed in diplomatic circles, and the charm this intercourse possessed for him, it nevertheless left him depressed. He railed at the parties as being " dreary and painful." » (HH, XIV, p.591)

His true desire : « His meeting with Marshal Marmont was evidently very beneficial to him; the former had sought a refuge in Vienna after his sad defence of Charles X in the streets of Paris and had been there since November. They first met at that gathering at Lord Cowley's and out of this grew more intimate intercourse. Mettemich sanctioned this in the name of the emperor on one condition: that the marshal should tell the duke the whole truth without concealing either good or evil from him. Marshal Maison, the accredited ambassador of Louis Philippe, obtained an introduction to the duke who tactfully received him with these words: " You were a distinguished general under my father, that is at the present moment the only circumstance which is at present in my mind." It is evident that the duke was and consciously remained, in spite of all attacks, only the son and heir of Napoleon. Another excitement, the most powerful of all, was in store for him; when in February, 1831, the revolutionary movement in Italy came to a head and in the first rush his mother's government in Parma was swept away. His cousins, Napoleon Louis [1804-1831] and Louis Napoleon [1808-1873], unconcerned about this Austrian archduchess threw themselves into the movement in that adventurous way [Who shall do so much] which was so repugnant to him, grew enthusiastic over liberty, in order to make capital out of it as a power, and to dare everything in order to turn popedom upside down, convinced that the ruins of overturned worlds was the surest cement of Napoleonic throne building — the duke of Reichstadt, however, was impelled by quite opposite feelings and convictions. In Marie Louise he only saw his mother, and the wife of Napoleon; and in the duchy of Parma the last remnant of Napoleonic dominion, which ought not to be allowed to perish. He felt impelled on this account to take the field in defence of his mother and against the Italian revolution, not as the leader of a troop, however, but at the head of a European army. The idea seized him like an electric shock. He hurried to the emperor Francis in order to win his consent. He beseeched him with prayers, he conjured him with tears; but in vain, his request was denied. Prokesch testifies that the prince had never been more excited; his imagination revelled in a thirst for war; he seemed tortured by an ever increasing fever, and incapable of settling down to any work. When he gave vent to his torments in words, in moments of greater confidence, it was always to complain that the " first opportunity " of distinguishing himself had been taken from him; that nothing could have been more honourable for him than to draw his sword for the first time in the interest of his mother and to punish those who had dared to insult and threaten her. Full of anguish, he wrote to his mother: " For the first time it has been painful to me to obey the emperor." And as Prokesch cheerily advised him to perfect himself first by further studies, he exclaimed angrily: "Time is too short! it marches forward too rapidly to waste it on a work of preparations! Has not the moment for action evidently come? " Austria's intervention damped the feverish ardour of Italy and that of the duke of Reichstadt. But two sparks glimmered among the ashes in the latter. The result of one of these was a constant vehemence and want of consideration in speech which aimed at making an impression and gloried in it; the result of the other was a thirst for achievement which led him to take up the military career with a zeal that would brook no curb. The first we take more particularly from a description by a foreign diplomat: ''The duke of Reichstadt, who lives at the court of his grandfather and in the bosom of the imperial family, as soon as he had completed his twentieth year took up a more and more independent and public position. Endowed with a very favourable outward appearance, full of spirit and fire, filled with the military glory of his father, rather lively than thoughtful or circumspect, he seems to regard the impression he makes, especially on strangers, with anything but displeasure."

« The emperor was very willing to encourage the military ardour of the duke. But the idea of allowing him to live elsewhere than in Vienna was now entirely given up. When he entered his twenty-first year he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the Hungarian infantry regiment, Ignaz Ginlay, on garrison duty in Vienna. On June 14th, he entered active military service and at the same time he was drawn into a military circle. By this circumstance the whole of his entourage was changed; his head tutor, Count Dietrichstein, and his former tutors left him; and General Count Hartmann von Klarstein, a man of science and culture and a deserving officer, and captains von Moll and Standeiski were appointed in their place.

« The duke had now obtained what he longed for: standing on the threshold of a career whose vastness seemed incalculable, he did not dream that he was really at the entrance of the valley of shadows.» (HH, XIV, p.592-593)
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