On This Day in Napoleonic History – 29 July 1813

29The Congress of Prague meets following the Battle of Lutzen

Napoleon said at the time, ‘Prussia is entitled to an advantageous peace. Austria, on the contrary, doesn’t deserve anything. In a current situation I have no objection to a peace that might be glorious to Russia but I feel a true repugnance to seeing Austria, as a price for the crime she committed by violating our alliance, collect the fruits and honours of the pacification of Europe.’

NapoleonΒ did not wish to see Francis and Metternich rewarded for betraying their erstwhile ally. Nor could the Emperor of France, the heir to Caesar and Alexander, bring himself to accept what he saw as a humiliating peace.

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