On This Day in Napoleonic History – 6 July 1807

6Queen Louise of Prussia arrives at Tilsit

The queen’s sole objective was the return of Magdeburg on the west bank of the Elbe. Although she was very beautiful, Napoleon merely remarked that she was ‘as handsome as it could be expected at 35.’ Describing their meeting to Berthier, he wrote, ‘She believes I came all the way here for her nice eyes.’ When Napoleon offered her a rose, she replied, ‘Yes, but with Magdeburg.’

Her charms had no effect on Napoleon and Magdeburg was joined to Westphalia.

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