How Napoleon went from ‘cannibal’ to ‘Majesty’ in 20 days

Alexandre Dumas' famous anecdote about Fake News in the 1800s has a surprising twist.

  • Unfazed by his first defeat, Napoleon swept back into power in 1815, going from exile to emperor within a single month.
  • Parisian newspapers scrambled to adapt: at the start of that month, Napoleon was a 'cannibal'; at the end, 'His Majesty'.
  • For the first time ever, this map illustrates the spatial dimension of that shift – but the anecdote, made famous by Dumas, has a twist.
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