Napoléon’s family keep his life on show

Napoléon's great-great- nephew is determined to give a human dimension to the notorious emperor. Jane Hanks speaks to him at his unique museum

Napoléon's descendants lived in exile until 1950 because an 1886 law forbade family members of ex-kings or emperors to live in France.

When the law was repealed, Count Baudoin de Witt’s mother, Princess Marie Clotilde Bonaparte, bought a manor house in the Dordogne and brought the historic collection she had inherited with her.

Half a century later, the count put the historic collection on show to the public, partially to avoid costly death duties but also, he told Connexion, to give a human dimension to Napoléon.

The Musée Napoléon at Cendrieux, Dordogne, is unique among the many museums devoted to the emperor and his family as it was created by one of his ...

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