May 4, 1814 Napoleon begins his "vacation" on Elba
On that day, 194 years ago tomorrow, the Ogre, who styled himself the "Emperor of the French" was landed in Elba following his abdication at Fontainebleau. He was allowed a personal escort of some 1000 men, a household staff and was even given the title Emperor of Elba and rule over its 110,000 people. A bit of coming down after controlling millions of soldiers, and the continent. Europe made a sigh of relief, and bickered in Vienna* until June 1815, just days before Napoleon returned to France for "The 100 Days."
Bonaparte began his exile with a reform of the governmental system on the island, which is Italy's third biggest and lies just off the coast of Tuscany,
The former "Emperor of the French" soon turned his thoughts again to Paris -returned to rightful rule of the Bourbons.
Vive Le Roy!
*The major Allies' indecision on how to conduct their affairs without provoking a united protest from the lesser powers led to the calling of a preliminary conference on protocol, to which Talleyrand and the Marquis of Labrador, Spain's representative, were invited on September 30, 1814.
Nicolson, Sir Harold (2001). The Congress of Vienna: A Study in Allied Unity: 1812-1822 Grove Press; pp. 140-164.
Friedrich von Gentz the congress secretary reported, "The intervention of Talleyrand and Labrador has hopelessly upset all our plans. Talleyrand protested against the procedure we have adopted and soundly [be]rated us for two hours. It was a scene I shall never forget." Susan Mary Alsop (1984). The Congress Dances. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers. pp. 120.
In the end little was accomplished at the congress of Vienna. The resentments and desire for conquered territory would resurface after WWI and resulted in the harse conditions of Versailles.