A Popular English Broadside (1821)

Some in the popular classes saw in Napoleon an opponent of monarchs.


BORN 15 AUG. 1769
DIED 5 MAY 1821.

He put his foot on the neck of Kings, who would have put their yokes upon the necks of the People: he scattered before him with fiery execution, millions of hired slaves, who came at the bidding of their Masters to deny the right of others to be free. The monument of greatness and of Glory he erected, was raised on ground forfeited again and again to humanity—it reared its majestic front on the ruins of the shattered hopes and broken faith of the common enemies of mankind. . . .

Source: J. Ashton, English Caricature and Satire on napoleon the First, 2 vols. (London, 1884): II: 265.