- Ottonian crown on display at Essen’s cathedral treasury, ca. 1100. Long believed to be the infant crown of king of Romans Otto III
- Long called the Crown of St. Louis and thought to have been made in Paris, the Crown of Liège, acquired by the Louvre in 1947, is now known to be a Mosan piece (late 13th century)
- Crown of Elizabeth Kotromanic (born ca. 1339) in Zadar, given by Louis I of Hungary
Napoleon from Edmund J. Sullivan’s The French Revolution, 1910
Any ideas what’s going on?
Hmmm. That thing on the end of death’s fishing line is looking like the basket the nobles’ heads used to fall into after being guillotined during the Terror. Maybe the allegory here is a warning for Napoleon not fall into the trap of becoming that which you hate (by crowning himself Emperor and possibly sharing the same fate).
Well that was fun (Napoleon-obsessed history geek in me jumping up and down)
Especially taking into account that he is standing on the graves.
Maybe he picked up the crown from the basket?