Napoleon Bonaparte, whose large and charismatic personality inspired many, was both celebrated and feared for his brilliant military strategy. He became the most powerful man in France and instituted many social changes, including the Napoleonic Code, a significant factor in establishing the rule of law in may countries. After being defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, the "Emperor or France" ended his days in lonely exile on the British island of St. Helena. One of the Museum's most prized treasures is a pair of Napoleon's socks worn during that six-year period.
|Napoleon's socks from his time in exile on St. Helena|
|Count Walewski's dress shoes reflect a popular fashion of the 1840's|
|Pink silk shoes belonging to the Count Walewski's first wife, 1830|
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