The man in power: Napoleon Bonaparte
Hundreds of years later Napoleon
Bonaparte (1769 - 1821) took this example of the greatness of the
Carolingian king Charlemagne. Napoleon also borrowed the bee symbol.
With one big difference . The "purity of acting" of the
Carolingians was imputed to knights and nobles. Napoleon chose this for
the working class. That's logical giving the French Revolution.
Cities, who cooperate very
well with Napoleon were rewarded with the title "bonne villes"
(good cities) and they got the right to decorate their coat of
arms with a red band with three golden bees.
example of the French town Maromme is not very clear; better is
the coat of arms of Amsterdam at the time of the Napoleontic
There are also bees in the purple of the mantle which Napoleon
bore at his coronation.
In the castle of Fontainebleau -
Napoleon's loved home - you see the bees in the floor covering
and in the covering on chairs.
It's amazing, that Napoleon is
named Bon-aparte and not Bee-aparte.
by Jan de Crom
from "The Postal Bee" 1/1999
Group Bee Philately