‘It seems to me the spell has been broken … He is no longer an idol, but has descended to the rank of men, and as such he can be fought by men.’ To whom were these words, written by Russian Empress Maria Fyodorovna, referring to?

Answer: Napoleon Bonaparte. She is describing the damage to his reputation which came as a result of the failed French campaign in Russia of 1812.

Source: 1812 – Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow by Adam Zamoyski

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