||[Jun. 20th, 2006|07:18 am]
All hail the glorious dead.
You know guys that I have a deep crush on Desaix. There are some articles I have related to him in some way that also point the situation (of the time he lived) very well. Many things have been told about Napoleon's "humanity" and camaraderie, but (despite the fact I still like him somehow) the little guy was nothing but a hypocrit without ethics (like any other tyrant) . But I'm sure you know that. For years I had an almost blind admiration for him... I still do, but now I see, and it hurts.
Anyway, I'll share my papers with you for I love the way you analize things. The articles can be a little long.
Buenos días ;)
Words and Ashes : the Stuff of Heroes at the Birth of the Consulate.
The funeral of Desaix, as that of Lannes, helped bolster up a shaky consular regime, in which Bonaparte required to appear as primus inter pares. He revived a tradition by seeking his legitimacy in laudatory discourse and the acclaim of Chateaubriand, La Harpe, Fontanes. Conferring apotheosis on Desaix, he could rely on the rhetoric of Daunou, Duchesne, Garat, or the paintings of Dutertre and many others, to sing the praise and forge the legend of the glorious deceased, a republican in the antique mould, the philosopher-warrior. The assimilation was taken a step further by prophetically portraying the supreme sacrifice as one made not just for the Republic, but for the sake of Bonaparte himself.