Michel Ney, Marshall of the French Empire, Duc of Elchingen, Prince of Moscow 
*oil on canvas 
*65 x 55 cm 
*1812 Michel Ney, Marshall of the French Empire, Duc of Elchingen, Prince of Moscow *oil on canvas *65 x 55 cm *1812

BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE TO DIE

Marshal Ney condemned after three-day trial.

Marshal Ney, Prince of Moskwa, has been found guilty by the Chamber of Peers of inciting the French Army to declare for Napoleon, after he had been given command by King Louis XVIII. The Marshal’s defence depended upon Article 12 of the legal code which gives to private citizens in Paris the right of respect for their opinions or their conduct. The court refused to discuss this line of defence, and the Marshal offered no other.

The guilty verdict was unanimous. Of the peers assembled, 161 voted for death, and 22 for banishment.

The Marshal has declared that he trusts to Europe and to posterity to judge his conduct.

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