On this bicentenary of the Emperor’s disappearance from Saint Helena, we are republishing some large extracts from the lines that the Vaudois newspaper devoted to it. Also to be rediscovered on the LeTempsArchives.ch website

Ile Sainte-Hélène, South Atlantic. It was there that Napoleon I died at the age of 51, on May 5, 1821, at 17 hours and 49 minutes, thus making “the most powerful breath of life that had ever stirred human clay”, according to the formula a bit pompous from Chateaubriand. That was exactly two hundred years ago, well before the Immediate Information Age. Also, the news takes its time to reach Europe and the rest of the world. The Gazette de Lausanne does not start talking about it until July 13! *

The Emperor of the French has been in exile on this lost rock since October 16, 1815. We now know that he gradually fell ill there and thus weakened. From January 1819, his condition was critical, but more or less well diagnosed and treated by his doctors. A year later, the Gazette found a letter “sent very recently from Ste. Hélène, by Napoleon’s chaplain, to one of his friends “:

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