June 09, 2011
Inkstained notebook fragments showing Napoleon Bonaparte's efforts to grasp the English language went on auction in Paris last weekend, reports Reuters.
Captured by the British at Waterloo, Napoleon was held on the Atlantic island of Saint Helena until his death in 1821. There the former French emperor used his time in captivity to learn English -- although the remaining evidence shows the former Emporer to be a less-than-attentive student.
The remnants of the lessons he received from a fellow exile on Saint Helena show how the leader doodled on his papers and -- with English Grammar in Use defiantly unpublished -- struggled with the past perfect continuous and friends.
• Full story from Reuters
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