Solace for a Retreating Napoléon?

“Can you imagine the terrible retreat from Moscow, stumbling men in uniforms of rags freezing by the thousands while the emperor sips champagne in his cozy tent?”—from A Floating Life by Tad Crawford

Napoléon visited the caves of Moët and Chandon to stock up on champagne before his campaigns, including the catastrophic attack on Russia. The disparity of treatment between the emperor and his soldiers fueled Tolstoy’s desire to write War and Peace. The photograph of the caves is by Giulio Nepi [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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