Napoléon Bonaparte, born Napoleone di Buonaparte; 1769-1821, was physically small, but made up for it through his strategic thinking as a great and powerful general. He was born into the aristocratic Bonaparte family on the island of Corsica. He served for a period as the First Consul of France, and in 1804 crowned himself as Emperor Napoléon I in the cathedral of Notre Dame. After a series of disastrous defeats he was forced to abdicate in 1814 and was exiled to the island of Elba. From the book “We are all equal”, by Finn Nygaard. Author Elsebeth Aasted Schanz, PhD, Manager and curator of the Danish Poster Museum.