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The Dentist Who Saved an Empress

How to win friends, influence empires, and prevent cavities

Empress Eugenie in her palace of St. Cloud, wearing a crinoline gown and a white veil.
Eugénie photographed by Gustave Le Gray, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In 1870, Emperor Napoleon III of France did something really stupid: he declared war on Prussia. The Prussians — better armed, better trained — made short work of the French army. After trying and failing to get himself killed at Sedan, Napoleon III surrendered.

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Jenni Wiltz

Jenni Wiltz

I write about fascinating royal women, their jewels, and quirky aspects of royal history no one else talks about. Find me at https://girlinthetiara.com.