Battle of Waterloo

Battle of Waterloo


Hemorrhoids may have been Napoleon's true Waterloo.


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As detailed in Phil Mason's book "Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed History," some scholars believe the French military leader suffered a painful bout of hemorrhoids on the morning of the Battle of Waterloo that prevented him from riding his horse to survey the battlefield as was his custom and could have contributed to his defeat.

However, Waterloo expert Alasdair White told the New York Times that the story is "an absolute myth" concocted by Napoleon boosters because they "cannot believe that the great man lost, so there must have been something wrong with him."


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