Napoleon usual

Napoleon as he is usually depicted.

The image of Napoleon I is how the famous ruler is depicted. He is often shown as a small, arrogant general in films, books, shows, and other fictional literature.[1]


There are conflicting sources for Napoleon's height, though he was commonly depicted as a short man in British propaganda against the French emperor. Claude François Méneval, Napoleon's private secretary, described him as 5 feet 2 inches. However, Captain Maitland of the HMS Bellerophon describes Napoleon as significantly taller, at 5 feet 7 inches high. Whatever his height, it seems Napoleon was at least of average height for a typical male of his time.[2]


Napoleon was also known for wearing a black bicorne. His iconic hat is widely associated with Napoleon, becoming, along with his grey overcoat, part of his trademark image.[3]


  1. "Napoleon Bonaparte (Character)". IMDB. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  2. "His Slight Physique." Stories of Napoleon and the Men and Women of His Time. New York: New York Recorder, 1895. 255. Print.
  3. Richardson, Hubert N.B. A Dictionary of Napoleon and His times. London: Cassell and, 1920. Print.
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