"Moving Boney's Parts: The Burials and Re-burials of Napoleon Bonaparte and His Son (1821-1940)"
One of the most fascinating tales surrounding the Bonaparte dynasty centers on Napoleon I’s death on the lonely island of St. Helena and the transfer of his remains, 19 years later, to Paris. His son, briefly Napoleon II, did not stay in his original resting place either. In 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered his remains to be moved from Vienna, where they had laid for 108 years. Both events teach us much about the Napoleonic legend, its persistence and the debates that still surround these “transfer[s] of the ashes.” This semester, Ronald C. Rosbottom, professor of French and European studies, is teaching a course on “Napoleon’s Legends.” His lecture, accompanied by images, will be droll and macabre, fully appropriate for the Halloween season.