Loulou and the Zulus: The Life and Death of Napoleon IV


Victorian Paris

pi jeanleon gerome Napoleon III and his family

Napoleon the Fourth? Was there ever such an emperor? Strangely enough, the Zulus in South Africa know more about this personage than an average Frenchman. The Zulus know him as Prince Imperial and each year they celebrate his anniversary with the local version of pomp and circumstance. And why wouldn’t they if there is good tourist money in it?

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pi road signFollow the road sign and you can visit the Prince Imperial’s museum, his memorial financed by Queen Victoria, and the battlefields of the Zulu War. You’ll be following Empress Eugenie’s pilgrimage the year after her son’s death. If you happen to be on this road the first Sunday in June, you can participate in a mass for his soul celebrated in French, English, and Latin.

Except for a few die-hard Bonapartists, Napoleon the Fourth may be forgotten in his homeland. For most of his short life, he…

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