Last Sunday I visited a museum in the little village Gorinchem. We went for a special exhibition about chairs, which I will show you later. But wandering through the other parts of the museum I was suddenly face to face with French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte! A waxwork which looked so real as if he just sat there for a moment.
The sign explains that Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) after he made a meteoric career in the French Revolution, declared himself emperor of France and in 1810 he added the kingdom of Holland to France. In 1811 he visited Holland and amongst others Gorinchem. He inspects the ramparts and recognizes the strategic importance of Gorinchem which he calls " the key of Holland".
From 1813 France is getting further reduced by its enemies. In April 1814 Napoleon was eventually deposited. A year on he returns but is defeated in the battle of Waterloo. His last years he lives banned on a lonely island Sint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.