San Napoleone. Un santo per l'Impero

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Saint Napoleon. A saint for the Empire

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The spread of the cult of San Napoleone - although so far little known and limitedly investigated - constitutes one of the most original and significant features of Napoleon Bonaparte's attempt to root the adhesion to the new regime in the years of the Consulate and Empire. The patron of the emperor, unknown to martyrologists and hagiographic repertoires, represented in fact an important tool for building consensus in the territories controlled by Paris, so much so that his religious anniversary was proclaimed national holiday, on August 15, in correspondence with the date of birth of Napoleon and the solemnity of the Assumption, patroness of France. Here we trace in detail the genesis of the cult, its multiple ways of spreading, the clandestine permanence in the years of the Bourbon Restoration and the re-emergence during the second Empire, placing the accent on the implications that arose from its progressive roots in evolution of relations between France and the Holy See at the dawn of the concordat crisis. A form of sacralization of politics that contributed to the gradual definition of imperial myth and legend.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Saint Napoleon. A saint for the Empire
Original languageItalian
Number of pages426
ISBN (Print)978-88-372-3272-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Napoleone Bonaparte
  • Sacralisation of power
  • Sacralizzazione del potere
  • Saint Napoleon
  • San Napoleone


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