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The Great Hailstorm

One day when we found ourselves a day’s distance from Lyons (it was nearly two hours before sunset), we heard the crackling of thunder and noticed how very clear the sky was: I was a bow’s shot in front of … Continue reading

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Napoleon’s Humor

Can you picture Napoleon Bonaparte giggling? Caulaincourt says he started joking while they were riding incognito through enemy country in a rickety sleigh and nearly freezing. Who was Caulaincourt? Napoleon’s Master of the Horse. Caulaincourt’s book, With Napoleon in Russia, … Continue reading

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