Do not lament my fate; if I have decided to go on living, it is to serve your glory. I wish to write the history of the great things we have done together! … Farewell, my children! I would like to embrace you all; let me at least embrace your flag!
— Napoleon Bonaparte (A. J. F. Fain, Manuscrit de 1814; Paris 1825)
Quoted in Munro Price’s new book Napoleon: The End of Glory.
Image: Napoléon Bonaparte abdicated in Fontainebleau by Paul Delaroche, 1845. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.