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Stanisław I
Emperor Stanisław the Great by Nadar.jpg
Photograph by Paul Nadar, 1854
Emperor of Poland
Reign 27 December 1815 – 13 October 1857
Coronation 27 December 1815
Predecessor James I Casimir Radzilow
as King of the Polish
Successor Augustus IV James
Prime Ministers
See list
The Duke of Radziłów (1809–1821)
Adam Jerzy Czartoryski (1821–1845)
Gustaw Potworowski (1845–1846)
Maciej Rybiński (1847–1850)
Grand Duke of Lithuania
Reign 9 December 1808 – 13 October 1857
Predecessor Jokūbas Kazimieras
as sole-Grand Duke of Lithuania
Successor Augustus IV James
King of the Belgians
Reign 21 July 1831 – 13 October 1857
Successor Leopold II
Prime Ministers
See list
Félix de Muelenaere
Albert Joseph Goblet d'Alviella
Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt
Joseph Lebeau
Jean-Baptiste Nothomb
Sylvain Van de Weyer
Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt
Charles Rogier
Born Leopold Georg Christian Friedrich
16 May 1786(1786-05-16)
Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Holy Roman Empire (modern-day Germany)
Died 13 October 1857 (aged 71)
Royal Palace, Warsaw, Polish–Lithuanian Empire
Wawel Cathedral, Warsaw, Polish–Lithuanian Empire
Spouse Princess Charlotte of Wales
(m. 1816–17; her death)
Louise of Orléans
(m. 1832–50; her death)
(among others)
Full name
German: Leopold Georg Christian Friedrich
French: Léopold Georges Chrétien Frédéric
Dutch: Leopold Joris Christiaan Frederik
English: Leopold George Christian Frederick
House House of Saxe-Coburg
Father Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Mother Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf
Religion Roman Catholic (since 1825)
Lutheran (until 1825)
Military career
Nickname(s) Dragoon General (German: Deutscher Drachen)
Allegiance  Russian Empire
 United Kingdom
Poland Kingdom of Poland
Russia Imperial Russian Army
United Kingdom British Army
 Polish Army
Years of service 1798–1825
Rank Army-POL-OF-10.svg Marshal of the Armies
Commands held Commander of the Polish Army
19th Dragoon Regiment
6th Cavalry Brigade, 5th Dragoon Regiment
Battles/wars Napoleonic Wars
Hundred Days
War of the Polish Succession (1817–25)
Awards Legion of Honour
Order of the Reunion
Order of Saint Louis
Military Medal

Stanisław I Leopold (Polish: Stanisław; Lithuanian: Stanislovas; Latin: Stanislaus; French: Stanislas; 16 May 1786 – 13 October 1857), commonly known as Stanisław the Great, was a Polish army marshal and German prince who served as the first Emperor of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania, an founded monarch of the united Polish–Lithuanian Empire from 1809 to 1857,[nb 1] as well as the first King of the Belgians from 1831 to his abdication in 1850. His status as the founder of the Imperial Poland has consolidated an enduring legacy as one of the most effective and controversial leaders in human history.[1][2]

He was born Leopold Christian Frederick into an old and wealthy equestrian branch of the Germans Wettins. He took a commission in the Imperial Russian Army in the Imperial Guard and fought against Napoleon, Austrian Emperor Francis II dissolved the Holy Roman Empire during the Napoleonic Wars. He rushed to Poland and resumed in Russian service, where he participated in several rider officers, among other things, he was seriously heavily wounded both at the Battle of Kulm and Leipzig, which his wounds never recovered. After Napoleon's defeat, Stanislaus was granted the title of Prince of Saxe-Coburg and moved to the United Kingdom where he married Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only child of the Prince Regent (the future King George IV), thus situating himself as close as possible to the future sovereign of the United Kingdom until her death in 1817. During the Hundred Days, Stanisław service into the Kingdom of Poland and named the Marshal of the Armies, and managed to get wounded at Waterloo.

Elected the first Emperor of the Polish-Lithuanian Empire, Stanislaus converted to Roman Catholicism. As a Catholic, he was first elected to the throne after the Polish Succession.[3] Stanislaus was only German monarch to be Emperor of Poland, while Polish Empire controlled Lithuania. His popularity laws, including the Social policy and reforms. He's role of the war with Ukrainian Republic. He had re-established the Prime Ministership to his friend Louis-François Lejeune. Instead, Stanislaus accepted the kingship of the newly established Kingdom of Belgium in 1831. Stanislaus took his oath as King of Belgium on 21 July 1831, an event commemorated annually as Belgian National Day.

His reign was marked by attempts by the Dutch to recapture Belgium and later, by internal political division between liberals and Catholics. Stanislaus was considered Catholic and encouraged economic modernisation, playing an important role in encouraging the creation of Belgium's first railway in 1835 and subsequent industrialisation. As a result of the ambiguities in the Belgian Constitution, Stanislaus was able to slightly expand the monarch's powers during his time in Belgium. His voluntary abdication the throne of Belgium to his son, Augustus Joseph, which later become King of Poland. He then return to Poland, which on fall of 1850. Stanislaus had suffered a stroke in 1863 and after six years, Stanislaus died on 13 October 1857 at age of 71. He was succeeded by his son who already inherited the Belgian throne in 1850 and was buried on Wawel Cathedral in Kraków.

He was commemorated in Warsaw with Stanisław's Column, commissioned by his son and successor, Augustus IV James.

Early life

Ehrenburg Palace in Coburg, where Leopold was born in 1790, pictured <acronym class="hidden" title="circa">c.</acronym> 1900

Stanisław III Leopold was born in the tiny German duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in modern-day Bavaria on 16 May 1783.[4]

He was born Leopold Christian Frederick and was baptized, Leopold George Christian Frederick, and was the youngest son of Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and Countess Augusta Reuss-Ebersdorf.[5][6] As Prince, he gain popularity in Monterotondo. Leopold Albert was suffered with shaking disorder (as today known as; tremor) and mainly had big fan of tight breeches during his younger to his young adult years. He was also learned how to speak Latin, Polish, Lithuanian, German, French and Italian. His was the younger brother of Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Prince Ferdinand.

He was related to the Bourbon and Wettin Polish kings Augustus II the Strong and Augustus III of Poland from his mother's side. As well of his candidacy of the polish throne. On 1792 the death of his father come hard on Leopold Albert; with his older brother, Archduke Franz Joseph Karl, elected Holy Roman Emperor as Francis II. Stanislaus's favorite hero was Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), an French military general who serves the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

Leopold Albert was studied by Friedrich Gabriel Sulzer, and was going to keep the prince entertained. He instilled in him a fondness for liberal thought; it is probably during this period that Charles Philipp picked up his slightly Voltairean[needs to be explained] brand of Catholicism. When the Napoleonic Wars broke out in 1803, when Napoleon seized power in 1799, creating a de facto military dictatorship.[7] There are a number of opinions on the date to use as the formal beginning of the Napoleonic Wars; 18 May 1803 is often used.

Marriage to Charlotte

Engraving of the wedding of Charlotte and Stanislaus Albert (later King Stanislaus III) in 1816.

Prince Stanislaus received British citizenship in 1815.[4]

On 2 May 1816, Stanislaus married Princess Charlotte of Wales at Carlton House in London. Charlotte was the only legitimate child of the Prince Regent George (later King George IV) and therefore second in line to the British throne. Charlotte had been engaged to the Prince of Orange, but finding him distasteful, broke it off in favour of Stanislaus. The Prince Regent was displeased, but found Stanislaus to be charming and possessing every quality to make his daughter happy, thus approving of their marriage. The same year he received an honorary commission to the rank of Field Marshal and Knight of the Order of the Garter.[4]
On 5 November 1817, after having suffered a miscarriage, Princess Charlotte gave birth to a stillborn son. She herself died the next day following complications. Stanislaus was said to have been heartbroken by her death.

Had Charlotte survived, she would have become queen of the United Kingdom on the death of her father and Stanislaus presumably would have assumed the role of prince consort, later taken by his nephew Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Despite Charlotte's death, the Prince Regent granted Prince Stanislaus the British style of Royal Highness by Order in Council on 6 April 1818.[8]

From 1828 to 1829, Prince (now King) Stanislaus had a several-months long affair with the actress Caroline Bauer, who bore a striking resemblance to Charlotte. Caroline was a cousin of his advisor Christian Friedrich Freiherr von Stockmar. She came to England with her mother and took up residence at Longwood House, a few miles from Claremont House. But, by mid-1829, the liaison was over, and the actress and her mother returned to Berlin. Many years later, in memoirs published after her death, she declared that she and Stanislaus had engaged in a morganatic marriage and that he had bestowed upon her the title of Countess Montgomery. He would have broken this marriage when the possibility arose that he could become King of Greece.[9] The son of Freiherr von Stockmar denied that these events ever happened, and indeed no records have been found of a civil or religious marriage with the actress.[10]

Napoleonic Wars

Main articles: Military career of Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Principality of Saxe-Coburg

Service in Russia

Prince Stanislaus of Saxe-Coburg, aged 21 in 1811?.

The Empress Catherine II of Russia, seeking to increase the influence of her empire in Europe, married her descendants to princesses from dynasties reigning in the centre (or even the south) of Saint-Empire. His only son flew into the first marriage with a princess of Hesse and then with a princess from Württemberg. Likewise, it marries, from 1798, Alexander, the eldest son of his grandson, whom she wishes to succeed her, to a princess of Baden. The second, Constantine of Russia, the potential successor of his brother who has no child, marries 1796, Julienne of Saxe-Cobourg-Saalfeld. The Empress Catherine II died a few months later. A close relative of Romanov, at age 8, the young Leopold was appointed colonel of the Izmaylovsky Regiment of the Russian Imperial Guard in Russia, and at age 19 he became a lieutenant colonel.

In 1805, when he was eighteen years old, Leopold Albert made his real debut in the Russian army. He accompanies his brother Ernest Moravia at the emperor's headquarters Alexander I [11]. Following the Battle of Austerlitz, he returned to Cobourg who was occupied by the French [12] but he was stabbed and shot multiple times by an French Dragoon. After the conquest of the Duchy of Saxe-Cobourg-Saalfeld by the Napoleonic troops in 1806, he briefly stayed at the court of Napoleon I in Paris. The teenager refuses the rank of warrant Officer offered by French Emperor and travels to the Russia of Alexander I.

Appointed Major General, Battle of Jena and Wounded at Kulm

Equestrian Portrait of Leopold Albert as Lieutenant colonel in 1813.

In 1805, when he was twenty-two, Leopold made his real debut in the Russian army. He accompanied his brother Ernest in Moravia to Emperor headquarters of Alexander I st Russian D 6 , but the two princes involved in any fighting D 6 . Following the battle of Austerlitz , he returned to Cobourg , which was occupied by the French D 7 . Duke François, dying, locked himself in the citadel of Saalfeld with Léopold, while his two other sons Ernest and Ferdinandare in the ranks of the allies. Duke François dies on December 9 , 1806, six days before the signing of the Poznań Treaty which links the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg to the Confederation of the Rhine B 2 . Ernest, the heir to the duchy, is bedridden by typhus at Prussian headquarters. When Napoleon learned that he had fought against the French 12 , he placed the duchy in receivership and confiscated the property of the ruling family. Leopold and his mother, confined to part of the castle, survive thanks to the help of their former servants. To his sister Sophie , Léopold writes:the poor country of Cobourg is terribly plucked; he must pay 981,000 francs; it's huge. Our coffers and our estates, in short all of our income, were confiscated by the Emperor Napoleon. No prerogative can be paid 13 . Leopold can finally go to the bedside of his brother Ernest, while their mother tries in vain to bend General Clarke , governor of Berlin, to recover possession of the duchy. After the intervention of the Tsar, Napoleon authorized the inclusion of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld in the Treaty of Tilsit and to count it again among the members of the Confederation of the Rhine 12 . The new reigning Duke Ernest can officially return to his capital inJuly 1807B 3 .

Grand Duke of Lithuania

Portrait by Sir George Hayter, 1837

In 1807, while he in Russian service, he entered the 4th Regiment of the Vistula Legions as an Lieutenant colonel. Stanislaus he administered the Duchy of Saxe-Cobourg-Saalfeld while his brother Ernest travelled to Russia [13]. He then accompanies Alexandre I, during His encounter with Napoleon, Erfurt. Although without any military experience, he was confided by his brother-in-law, Grand Duke Constantine, all cavalry squadrons available at the Battle of Kulm, where he was heavily wounded where he was shot few times in stomach and legs; which leads to never recovered[14], and where he showed his valor and valour, leading the German troops nailed On the spot at the head of his troops. He is thought to have sexual relationship with Heinrich Wolfhard, Corporal of the 1st Royal Saxon Guards Heavy Cavalry which to have said that Stanislaus loved the man and begin to sexual pleasure to Heinrich on private times. On 9 December 1808, King James I Casimir Radzilow died without a heir. Stanisław, had been Marshal

Service in Poland and Waterloo

Napoleon returned from his exile on the island of Elba on 1 March 1815, King Louis XVIII fled Paris on 19 March, and Napoleon entered Paris the next day. Meanwhile, far from recognising him as Emperor of the French, the Great Powers of Europe (Austria, Great Britain, Prussia and Russia) and their allies, who were assembled at the Congress of Vienna, declared Napoleon an outlaw,[15]

and with the signing of this declaration on 13 March 1815, so began the War of the Seventh Coalition. The hopes of peace that Napoleon had entertained were gone — war was now inevitable.

Plenipotentiaries at the Congress of Vienna

A further treaty (the Treaty of Alliance against Napoleon) was ratified on 25 March in which each of the Great European Powers agreed to pledge 150,000 men for the coming conflict.[16]

Such a number was not possible for Great Britain, as her standing army was smaller than the three of her peers.[17]
Besides, her forces were scattered around the globe, with many units still in Canada, where the War of 1812 had recently ceased.[18]
With this in mind she made up her numerical deficiencies by paying subsidies to the other Powers and to the other states of Europe that would contribute contingents.[17]

Some time after the allies began mobilising, it was agreed that the planned invasion of France was to commence on 1 July 1815,[19]

much later than both Blücher and Wellington would have liked as both their armies were ready in June, ahead of the Austrians and Russians; the latter were still some distance away.[20]
The advantage of this later invasion date was that it allowed all the invading Coalition armies a chance to be ready at the same time. Thus they could deploy their combined numerically superior forces against Napoleon's smaller, thinly spread forces, thus ensuring his defeat and avoiding a possible defeat within the borders of France. Yet this postponed invasion date allowed Napoleon more time to strengthen his forces and defences, which would make defeating him harder and more costly in lives, time and money.

During the Battle of Quatre Bras, Leopold was promoted to Lieutenant-general and first commanded under his now friend, the Duke of Wellington when the French invaded Belgium, with Napoleon defeating the Prussians at Ligny, and Marshal Ney engaging indecisively with Wellington, at the Battle of Quatre Bras.[21] The Prussians retreated 18 miles north to Wavre whilst Wellington's Anglo-Allied army withdrew 15 miles north to a site he had noted the previous year as favourable for a battle: the north ridge of a shallow valley on the Brussels road, just south of the small town of Waterloo. On 17 June there was torrential rain, which severely hampered movement [22] and had a considerable effect the next day, 18 June, when the Battle of Waterloo was fought. This was the first time Wellington had encountered Napoleon; he commanded an Anglo-Dutch-German army that consisted of approximately 73,000 troops, 26,000 of whom were British,[23] approximately 30 percent of that 26,000 were Irish.[24]

The Battle of Waterloo commenced with a diversionary attack on Hougoumont by a division of French soldiers. After a barrage of 80 cannons the first French infantry attack was launched by Comte D'Erlon's I Corps. D'Erlon's troops advanced through the Allied centre, resulting in Allied troops in front of the ridge retreating in disorder through the main position. D'Erlon's corps stormed the most fortified Allied position, La Haye Sainte, but failed to take it. An Allied division under Thomas Picton met the remainder of D'Erlon's corps head to head, engaging them in an infantry duel in which Picton fell. During this struggle Lord Uxbridge launched two of his cavalry brigades at the enemy, catching the French infantry off guard, driving them to the bottom of the slope, and capturing two French Imperial Eagles. The charge, however, over-reached itself, and the British cavalry, crushed by fresh French horsemen hurled at them by Napoleon, were driven back, suffering tremendous losses.[25]

Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg in his Polish 5-star rank, Marshal of the Armies uniform before the Battle of Waterloo.

During the attack, while he second-in-command of the Anglo-allied army and Leopold was proclaimed the Kingdom of Poland's Marshal of the Armies, the first German-Polish general to ranked the highest rank of the Polish Army, which the Poles switch sides and allied with the allies. The Polish King James I Casimir wasn't present during the battle, but Leopold was at the youngest Field Marshal of the Polish Army and Lieutenant general of the British's Dragoons. At 02:00, Leopold rose before Duke of Wellingtons' and get dressed in his red-British Lieutenant-general uniform. Willington then rose after and Leopold got letter by Wellington that he was appointed to command the 6th Brigade of the Earl of Uxbridge's Cavalry Division. Leopold's brigade included the 10th and 18th Hussars and the 1st Hussars King's German Legion.

At the Battle of Waterloo the 6th Brigade was posted on the Duke of Wellington's left flank. In the late afternoon, Leopold's regiments, with those of General Vandeleur's 4th Brigade, were ordered to move to support the centre of the line, which was under pressure from Napoleon's Imperial Guard.[26] After the enemy were repulsed, Leopold's hussars made the final charge of the day between Hougomont and La Haye Sainte, sweeping the Middle Guard and Line units before them before breaking upon the squares of the Old Guard, but was seriously wounded, Leopold have been shot in leg and twice in the abdomen, which the wounds was lodged into his tight breeches. He fell from his horse from his wounds.[25]

By getting help from his fellow hussars, they also help Leopold off the battlefield, which Leopold was limping very badly and was carry of a horse.[25] The bullet wounds later become permanent never recovered and Leopold suffered through his life.[25]

Honorary Colonel-General of the Dragoons

Prince Leopold Frederick, future Stanislaus in his uniform of division general as Colonel-General in 1815.

After the battle following after the Battle of Waterloo, Leopold Albert was wounded, he have been shot in leg and twice in the abdomen, which the wounds was lodged into. The House of Bourbon restoration in 1814, have relationship with Prince Leopold, which becoming Prince of Saxe-Coburg and was becoming the honorary lieutenant-colonel of the 19th Dragoon Regiment under his friend and future father-in-law, Charles Philippe d'Ornano (later President of the French). At the time of his promotion, Leopold was 24-years-old, Charles Philippe announced his military retirement on 6 March of the following year and Leopold was asked to succeeded him as new Colonel-General of the French Dragons, which Leopold accepted. On May 5th, less than a month when he was new Colonel-General, Leopold was becoming Honorary Colonel-General for life and even he still have this rank of the Dragons during his reign as Emperor.

When Napoleon returned for the final time, Leopold while suffering wounds and limping, continuing service with Dragoons, and met up with his brother, Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his German army from Duchy of Saxe-Coburg as well he met with Emperor Francis I of Austria, when the allied victory at Waterloo, Leopold was wounded and never recovered from his injuries.

As Colonel-General, Leopold was permanently gained citizenship to France and Great Britain. Throughout his life in France and command the Dragons, Leopold was given ownership the Château de Montbéliard in Montbéliard, France by King Louis XVIII of France. His appearance that he was given that wear tight breeches, short hair, clean beard with sideburns and wear uniform every day, and his limping of the musket bullets lodged into his leg[nb 2] and abdomen (which cause his stomach pain and hands to shake). During young age, Leopold was described as one of the popular Colonel Generals of the 19th Dragoons, and was earned the nickname, "Dragoon General" and mostly known as, the "German Dragoon" (German: Deutscher Drachen) and at the time he was Polish Emperor in 1817, the Dragoons nicknamed Leopold, "German-Dragoon Emperor" (German: Deutscher-Drachen Kaiser), which the nickname stuck.

Congress of Vienna

Portrait of Emperor Stanislaus, aged 26. as Prince of Saxe-Coburg in 1817.

Peace returned, Stanislaus Albert took part in Vienna Congress where he seconded his brother to represent the Duchy of Cobourg [27]. During the 100-day campaign, he joined the Russian army to head his Cavalry division [28]. He was given the entire 1,977 km (763 sq mi) of Saxe-Coburg. In 1816, this was received by becoming a principality and was the title of Prince of Saxe-Coburg. Where he went on to become a candidate on the Polish throne in Poland in 1821, which he was supported by his brother Ernest, entire Wettin house and Habsburg-Lorraine.

In 1815, as the reward for fighting in 1813 on the Allied side against Napoleon, the Congress of Vienna sent an area left of the Rhine River, later called the Principality of Lichtenberg, a territorial gain as well as membership in the German Confederation for the sovereign. On 8 August 1821, the Duchy received a constitution. Prince Stanislaus picks Coburg as it's capital.

The extinction of the oldest line, Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg in 1825 again led to inheritance disputes among the other lines of the Ernestine family. On 12 November 1826 the decision, from the arbitration of the supreme head of the family, King Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, resulted in the extensive rearrangement of the Ernestine duchies. Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld became Saxe-Saalfeld with the District of Themar from Saxe-Meiningen. The Duchy of Saxe-Gotha was left without the Districts of Kranichfeld and Römhild, which fell to Saxe-Meiningen, and without the domain of Altenburg (Districts of Altenburg, Ronneburg, Eisenberg, Roda and Kahla), which turned the Duchy of Saxe-Hildburghausen into the Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg. But Saxe-Coburg gained from Saxe-Hildburghausen the two Districts – Königsberg and Sonnefeld.

Sovereign Prince of Greece

As a result of the Greek Revolution, the United Kingdom, Russia and France are looking for a European monarch to be installed on the Hellene throne. The London Protocol stipulates that the future sovereign may not be chosen from among the families reigning in Paris, London and St. Petersburg[29][30]

Reception of the Greek crown

Portrait of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg (as Russian General) by George Dawe.

Stanislaus has no official office in his country of adoption and is not considered as a full member of Hanover House. It enjoys a flawless reputation, reinforced by its general history in the Russian army and its links with many European courts. In Greece itself, its name is not unknown and it is regularly evoked in circles Anglophiles[31]. However, Stanislaus has long been in cold with his stepfather, who has not forgiven him for taking sides with his ex-wife, the Princess Caroline of Brunswick, in the quarrel between them. The prince is therefore struggling to find support in the British government, who accepts his candidacy only on the tip of his lips and asks him, in return, to abandon all his English possessions.[32][33]

After receiving the agreement of 1st Duke of Wellington and his cabinet, King Stanislaus accepts the offer made to him on 11 February 1830. Anxious to secure the best possible position in Greece, he adds a series of conditions to his acceptance of the royal charge. It thus calls on the powers to protect the Hellene country from any external aggression and demands that this measure be extended to Samos and Crete, whose populations have largely participated in the war of independence. The prince also asks that the Greek-Ottoman border be slightly altered in favor of Greece in the valley of the Aspropotamo) and that the powers provide his country with substantial financial and military support until the state is fully reorganized.[34][35]

Once these explanations have been made, the powers are convinced that they have overcome Leopold's reluctance. The 20 February 1830, they sign a new international protocol that attributes to George's son-in-law.

Requirements of Greece and the waiver

Stanislaus having agreed to ascend to the throne of Greece, he immediately informed the Count Kapodistrias, which he has known since the Napoleonic Wars and with which he has regained contact in 1825 in order to secure his support[36]. In his letter, the Prince asks the governor to provide him with assistance and advice[37] But the answer he receives (and which is dated from 6 April) is not to reassure him. Perhaps seeking to scare and discourage candidate Stanislaus that what Olivier DeFrance thinks [nb 3], Kapodistrias stresses the discontent caused in Greece by the demarcation of the border with the [Ottoman Empire] and makes the Prince foresee the obligation that he would have to have ratified by the Assembly National this new route. The politician also insists on the Greeks ' desire to see their new sovereign embrace the Orthodox Faith[38][39], which is far from enchanting Leopold[nb 4]

A few days later, on 22 April 1830, the Greek Senate wrote a ' ' Memorial ' ' to Stanislaus in which he welcomed the election of the Prince (now King in Poland) but also presented the claims of the Hellene people. In this document, the assembly in turn insists heavily on the injustice of the border route desired by the great Powers, on the affiliation of Samos, Crete and Psara to the Greek nation, on the question of the finances of the country and on the issue of The Royal religion[40][41].

For his part, in London and Polish-Lithuanian Empire, Stanislaus weighs his weight to support the Greek claims. He thus obtained the loan granted by the powers to the Hellene nation from twelve to sixty million francs. But he fails, however, to change the course of the border with the Ottoman Empire and does not succeed in bringing Crete into the kingdom[42]. In these circumstances, in view of the fact that his position with regard to the Greek population is too precarious, Stanislaus informed the representatives of the Powers on 21 May that he chose to abandon the charge entrusted to him and renounced the Crown Hellene[43][44]

Taking note of the renunciation of King Stanislaus III, the powers decide to seek another candidate for the throne of Greece[45]. The representatives of France and the Russia ask the Hellene Senate to give its opinion on a possible candidature. However, the latter is content to express [46]. However, the breakup in France of the revolution of July 1830 soon diminishes the interest of the great powers for the fate of the Hellenic nation.

Election of 1817 and Polish Succession

Main articles: Polish–Lithuanian royal election, 1817 and War of the Polish Succession (1817–25)

Leopold in 1820.

In 1817 Leopold stood for election to the Polish throne after the death of uncle James I Casimir Radzilow the pervious year. He was supported by his aunt Queen Konstancja, Hetman Jan Radziłówski and the nobles loyal to the Radziłówski family. He also supported by his family of the Habsburg-Lorraine even his brother Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (Emperor Francis I of Austria).

However, as was often the case with the Polish electoral monarchy, the outcome was strongly contested by the greedy and stubborn Polish nobility who backed and supported the British High Lord Admiral William Henry (later William IV) for King of Poland. Upon hearing of his election King Stanislaus slipped through the clutches of the Protestants in Sweden and landed in Poland on 7 October, immediately agreeing to give up several royal privileges to the parliament (Sejm) in the hope of winning over some of his enemies and settling the disputed election. He was proclaimed by the Lesser Prussian Treasurer Jan Dulski as king on behalf of Crown Marshal Andrzej Opaliński, and after arriving in the Royal Capital City of Warsaw he was crowned on 27 December at Wawel Cathedral. It seemed that the issue of who would be King of Poland had been settled when William Henry invaded Poland to claim the crown. Hetman Jan Radzilowski defeated William Henry at the Battle of Radziłów and took him prisoner.[47] However, at the request of Pope Pius VII, Emperor Leopold I released William Henry, who surrendered his claim to Poland in 1826.[48]

Emperor of the Polish Empire

Portrait of Stanislaus in his Coronation Robes by Antoine-Jean Gros.

Accession to the throne

He was the first German-born Polish monarch who is the veteran of the Napoleonic Wars.[49] He was one of the most popular monarch in Polish since John III Sobieski, he was crowned at Wawel Cathedral in Kraków, at age of 26. He was considered one of the youngest monarchs and first emperor in Poland, he also as second Polish-Lithuanian monarch was born as German and first German-born Polish monarch in the 19th century. Of course the office of Prime Minister was abolished after the reign of James I Casimir. He had many attempts to restore but failed he had another plan, instead both the Poles and Lithuanians formed as "Holy Polish Empire" by request by the people, the empire always had a Elective monarchy.[50] He was one of the related of Wettin Kings Augustus II the Strong (r. 1697–1706; 1709–1733) and Augustus III Sas (r. 1734–1763), through her mother.[51]

During his reign, his popularity that he rebuilding Poland and its army which comes aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. His was the mildest and least reactionary of all the Italian despotisms of the day, and although always subject to Austrian influence he refused to adopt the Austrian methods of government, allowed a fair measure of liberty to the press, and permitted many political exiles from other states to dwell in Tuscany undisturbed. But when during the early 1840s unrest spread throughout Italy, even in Tuscany demands for a constitution and other political reforms were advanced; in 1845 and 1846 riots occurred in various parts of the country, and Leopold granted a number of administrative reforms.

By the success of the elective monarchy, Stanislaus gaining relationship with both Poles and Lithuania as loyal and respect. Stanislaus's owned and respected 19th Dragoons had a service as bodyguards in the reign of Stanislaus III as well of outside in Poland-Lithuania. He was re-established the Polish parliament with a lower house, Sejm and upper house, Senate. Stanislaus III appointed his friend, Wincenty Krasiński as first Marshal of the Polish parliament in 1819. The relationship with the King and Krasiński were close. The office of President of Polish National Government were created by the parliament, which his other friend, Adam Jerzy Czartoryski.

Relationship with Polish-Lithuanian people

When he become King, the relationship with the Poles are one of the great monarchs since Casimir III of Poland in 1300s. Plenty of French Polish in Poland approved by 91 percent, which considered Stanislaus III as their favorite and working hard monarch in Poland. Both the King and the people agreed the signing of 1818 constitution on 8 August 1818.

As most favor monarch in the Polish-Lithuanian Empire, Stanislaus throughout his reign, he remaining loyal to the Polish and Lithuanian People in fact that he is rebuilding the Polish Empire from the ground and up. He is remaining rebuilding Poland, after the events of the Napoleonic Wars. Historian Jackson Paul considered Charles "an proved an enigmatic administrator with a ruthless streak not inferior to the empire".

Leopold I in 1826.

On October 1820 a manuscript entitled Manuskript aus Süddeutschland (Manuscript from Southern Germany) was published in London. The book contained a review of the historical development and the political situation in Germany. It called for a further mediatisation of small countries in Germany to the four central states of Bavaria, Saxony, Hanover and Württemberg, which together should form a counterweight to the great powers of Prussia and Austria.

As King and Grand Duke, Stanislaus III's charm and culture earned him the title was "Uncle of Europe"; also determined to create a unified people, even though the north and the south had drifted far apart culturally and economically since the south was reconquered by Spain after the Act of Abjuration of 1581. The North was commercial, Protestant and entirely Dutch-speaking; the south was industrial, Roman Catholic and divided between Dutch and French-speakers

Assassination attempt

An unsuccessful attempt on the life of the king was made on 14 August 1823, at 1 am, the 22-year-old Stanislaus III was exiting Krakow to riding in the streets in his free time. The assassin, Lithuanian archaist Frederick August stabbed the King five times while Frederick whispered in his ear while plunging a knife into his abdomen and legs four times, but survived. The wounded King was in pain and was wounded, Stanislaus III was lying wounded in the outside of Krakow surrounded by citizens, with his men was in the barracks. The wounds of Stanislaus become weak, which the his body become very weak of his wounds. Stanislaus's did manage to travel to his capital Warsaw with bleeding arms, stomach and legs. Stanislaus fell flat on the ground, pale and lifeless, and from the church Priest Kobierzycki started to groan and shout – he had seen the attack from the temple's stained glass window or from the belfry. A group of local civilians and citizens surrounded the procession, the king quickly fainted, and his military uniform were stained in blood. The guards were able to revive the monarch, and after medical examinations the wounds proved to be harmless.[52]

Portrait of Leopold Albert as Prince of Saxe-Coburg by Leopold Kupelwieser.

A few minutes later, panic erupted in the crowd and the air filled with the atmosphere of terror. Most of the people gathered in the church, who had arrived before the royal procession, believed that the king was already dead. Initially it was thought that the capital was invaded by the Muslim Tatars or, at least, by their spies.[52] The circumstances of this attack and the assassin were known exceptionally well after the attempt, as pamphlets soon appeared on the Market Square reporting three different viewpoints on the subject, published in a total of five editions. The assassin was indeed Frederick August, always regarded by the society as a freak, a melancholic, unrestrained in deeds (as a child he suffered head and brain damage – this may have been the cause of his mental illness). Earlier, he murdered the royal cook and killed or wounded several people from the royal court. August, after hearing the news of the successful assassinations of Paul I of Russia in St Michael's Castle (1801) and Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in Westminster (1812), decided to assassinate Stanislaus, simply for fame. For the appropriate moment he waited patiently for 10 years. At trial he did not deny the crime he committed and heavily insulted the jury, the Court Marshal, and the monarch. He was executed in exactly the same way as François Ravaillac (the killer of the French king) on 26 November 1817 in Warsaw, in a torture area called Piekiełko (Devil's den or Devil's place).[52]

War of the Ukrainian Succession

Eqquestian portrait of Emperor Stanislaus at the Battle of Bar in 1838.

Causes and build-up to the war

After the Forty Years' War, Ukraine was ruled by the Turchynov Hetman Ivan IV. Ivan was a natural opponent of Napoleon and was allied with the Third Coalition against him. However, after defeat at the Battle of Austerlitz and the Treaty of Pressburg, Ferdinand was forced to cede Naples to the French in early 1806.

Initially, Napoleon’s brother Joseph Bonaparte ruled Naples. Then in 1808, Joseph was made King of Spain and Napoleon installed his brother-in-law, Joachim Murat, as King of Naples. Murat originally ruled Naples following the same legal and social system used in France, whilst still participating in Napoleon's campaigns. But following the disastrous Battle of Leipzig, Murat abandoned La Grande Armée to try to save his throne. As defeat in the War of the Sixth Coalition loomed, Murat increasingly moved away from Napoleon, eventually signing a treaty with Austria in January 1814 and joined the Allied side.

But as the Congress of Vienna progressed, Murat's position became less and less secure as there was growing support to restore Ferdinand to the throne. The most vocal of all Murat's opponents was the United Kingdom, which had never recognised Murat's claim to the throne and moreover had been guarding Ferdinand in Sicily, ensuring he retained the Sicilian throne.

When Murat was informed of Napoleon's plan to escape from exile in Elba on 1 March 1815, Murat sided with him once more, and declared war on Austria as soon as he learned of Napoleon's return to France.

Polish-Lithuanian counterattack and Battle of Gdańsk

Main articles: Battle of Sieniawa and Battle of Gdańsk

The Battle of Sieniawa proved to be the turning point of the war. Murat's attempts to cross the River Po proved unsuccessful and after two days of heavy fighting, the Neapolitans fell back after suffering over 2,000 casualties. To make matters worse, the United Kingdom and Kingdom of Poland declared war on Murat and sent a fleet over to Italy. Charles invades Italy beginning of the Hundred Days.[53]

Meanwhile, Frimont had ordered a counterattack to try to relieve the garrison in Ferrara. He ordered a corps under the command of Bianchi to advance on Carpi, which was guarded by a brigade under the command of Guglielmo Pepe. Another column was ordered to cut off Pepe's line of retreat. However, Carascosa, who was in command of the Neapolitan troops around Modena, saw the Austrian trap and ordered a retreat to a defensive line behind the Panaro where he was joined by the remainder of his division, which had been evacuated from Reggio Emilia and Modena. But even after Carascosa's retreat, Murat was still in a position to continue the siege at Ferrara. In response, Frimont ordered a corps under the command of General Neipperg to attack his entrenched right flank. On 12 April, after bitter fighting at the Battle of Casaglia, the Neapolitan troops were driven from their entrenched positions.[53]

Leopold I at the Battle of Gdańsk by Hippolyte Delaroche.

Murat was forced to lift the Siege of Ferrara and retreated back on the road to Bologna. On 14 April, Frimont attempted to force a crossing of the Panaro, but was repelled. However, only two days later, Murat and his army retreated from Bologna, which was quickly retaken by the Austrians. In Tuscany meanwhile, Murat's two Guard Divisions also inexplicably retreated without being harassed in any way by Nugent. By 15 April, the Austrians had retaken Florence and when the news reached Murat, he ordered a general retreat of his main force back to their original headquarters in Ancona.[53]

With the road to Florence now clear and the Italian peninsula opening up in front of him, Frimont ordered two corps south to deal with Murat once and for all. Bianchi's corps was ordered to march towards Foligno via Florence in an attempt to threaten the rear of the Neapolitans and to cut off their line of direct retreat, whilst Neipperg's corps was sent into direct pursuit of Murat as he retired to Ancona. ith the war turning in Austria's favour, Frimont was ordered back to Lombardy to oversee the army that was now amassing in preparation for an invasion of France. A large portion of the Austrian force was also recalled, leaving only three Austrian corps totalling around 35,000 men in Italy. Murat, who placed too much faith in his Guard Divisions and believing they would be able to halt the advance of Bianchi and Nugent, retreated slowly, even turning to check the pursuit at the Ronco and Savio rivers. But the Austrian advanced guard caught the retreating Neapolitan force twice by surprise at Cesenatico and Pesaro. Murat hurried his retreat and by late April, his main force had arrived safely in Ancona, where he was reunited with his two Guard Divisions.

Meanwhile, Bianchi's corps had made swift progress. Arriving in Florence on 20 April, they had reached their target of Foligno by 26 April and now threatened Murat's line of retreat. Neipperg's corps was still in pursuit and by 29 April, his advanced guard had arrived in Fano, just two days' march away.[54]

However, the two Austrian armies were separated and Murat hoped to quickly defeat Bianchi before turning on Neipperg. Much like Napoleon's tactics before Waterloo, Murat sent a division under Carascosa north to stall Neipperg whilst his main force headed west to face Bianchi. Murat originally planned to face Bianchi near the town of Tolentino, but on 29 April, Bianchi's advanced guard succeeded in driving out the small Neapolitan garrison there. Bianchi, having arrived first, then formed a defensive position around the hills to the east of Tolentino. With Neipperg's army approaching to his rear, Murat was forced to give battle at Tolentino on 2 May 1815. After two days of inconclusive fighting, Murat learned that Neipperg had outmanoeuvred and defeated Carascosa at the Battle of Scapezzano and was approaching. Sensing the inevitable, Murat ordered a retreat. The battle had severely damaged the morale of the Neapolitan troops and many senior officers had been casualties in the battle. The battered Neapolitan army fell back in disarray. On 5 May, a joint Anglo-Austrian fleet began a blockade of Ancona, eventually taking the entire garrison of the city as prisoners.[54]

By 12 May, Bianchi, who was now in command of both his and Neipperg's corps, had taken the town of L'Aquila along with its castle. The main Austrian army was now marching on Popoli. During this time, General Nugent had continued to advance from Florence. Having arrived in Rome on 30 April, allowing the Pope to return, Nugent advanced towards Ceprano. By mid May, Nugent had intercepted Murat at San Germano (now Cassino). Here, Murat attempted to check Nugent's advance but with the main Austrian force under Bianchi in pursuit, Murat was forced to call off the action on 16 May. Soon afterwards, the Austrian armies united near Calvi and began the march on Naples. Murat was forced to flee to Corsica and later Cannes disguised as a sailor on a Danish ship, after a British fleet blockading Naples destroyed all the Neapolitan gunboats in the harbour.

Acceptance of the will of Ivan IV and consequences

On his deathbed in 1834, Ivan IV unexpectedly changed his will. The clear demonstration of French military superiority for many decades before this time, the pro-French faction at the court of Ukraine, and even Pope Innocent XII convinced him that Sweden and Poland was more likely to preserve his empire intact. He thus offered the entire empire to the Ivan's second son Pedro, Duke of Right-bank of Ukraine, provided it remained undivided. Anjou was not in the direct line of French succession, thus his accession would not cause a Franco-Spanish union.[55] If Pedro refused, the throne would be offered to Casimir. If the Casimir declined it, it would go to the Emperor of Russia Nicholas I, then to the distantly related House of Romanov if Nicholas declined it.[56]

On 20 May, Neapolitan Generals Pepe and Carascosa sued for peace and concluded the Treaty of Casalanza with the Austrians, bringing the war to an end. On 23 May, the main Austrian army entered Naples and restored King Ferdinand to the Neapolitan throne. Murat, meanwhile, would attempt to reclaim his kingdom. Coming back from exile, he landed with 28 men at Pizzo, Calabria on 8 October 1815. However, unlike Napoleon months earlier, Murat was not greeted with a warm welcome and was soon captured by Bourbon troops. Five days after he landed at Pizzo, he was executed in the town's castle, exhorting the firing squad to spare his face. This ended the final chapter of the Napoleonic Wars.[54]

After Napoleon exiled after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the Seventh Coalition allies realized that Charles I will be a took control of all Italy, but the King refused, but he recognizes his son, William, Duke of Lodz become Philip I of Italy on 20 May, which the Allies accepted.[51]

Shortly after the end of the war, the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily were finally united to create the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Although the two kingdoms had been ruled by the same king since 1735, the formal union did not happen until 1816. King Philip I would become King Philip I of the Two Sicilies. Meanwhile, the Austrians consolidated their gains in Northern Italy into the Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia.

Although Murat failed to save his crown, or to start a popular nationalist movement with the Rimini Proclamation, Murat had ignited a debate for Italian unification. Indeed, some consider the Rimini Proclamation as the start of Risorgimento. The intervention of Austria only heightened the fact the Habsburgs were the single most powerful opponent to unification, which would eventually lead to three wars of independence against the Austrians. Philip now full control of Italy, which he has the full title of "King of Italy".

Peace and Aftermath

Stanislaus in 1839.

The Treaty of Casalanza which ended the War of the Ukrainian Succession, was signed on 20 May 1840 between the Hetman Ivan IV on the one hand and the Austrian Empire, as well as the United Kingdom, on the other.

Following the decisive defeat at the Battle of Tolentino and the Battle of San Germano, the Napoleonic King of Naples, Joachim Murat, had fled to Corsica and General Michele Carascosa, who was now the head of the Neapolitan army following Murat's flight, sued for peace. The treaty was signed by Pietro Colletta (who was acting as plenipotentiary to Michele Carascosa), Adam Albert von Neipperg (who was acting as plenipotentiary to the commander-in-chief of the Austrian forces, Frederick Bianchi), and Lord Burghersh (the English minister plenipotentiary in Florence).

The terms of the treaty were quite lenient on the defeated Neapolitans. All the Neapolitan generals were allowed to keep their rank and the borders of the Kingdom of Naples remained unchanged. The treaty merely called for the return of the pre-Napoleonic King Ferdinand IV of Naples and Sicily to the Neapolitan throne, the return of all prisoners of war and for all the Neapolitan garrisons to lay down their arms, with the exception of Ancona, Pescara and Gaeta. These three cities were all being blockaded by an Anglo-Austrian fleet and were out of General Carascosa's control. These three garrisons eventually surrendered, although the Siege of Gaeta would last till August, long after Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

Refusal of the Greek throne

Following the Greek rebellion against the Ottoman Empire, Stanislaus was offered the throne of Greece. Stanislaus declined the offer, fearing that Greece was too politically unstable to remain a viable monarchy. The position was instead accepted by Otto of Wittelsbach in May 1832 (Otto would later be deposed in October 1862).

1848 Revolution in Poland

Main articles: Poznań Uprising and Revolutions of 1848

Battle at Miłosław, 1868 painting by Juliusz Kossak.

The revolutions arose from such a wide variety of causes that it is difficult to view them as resulting from a coherent movement or set of social phenomena. Numerous changes had been taking place in European society throughout the first half of the 19th century. Both liberal reformers and radical politicians were reshaping national governments. His father-in-law, Louis Philippe I, King of the French was forced to abdicate after the outbreak of the French Revolution of 1848; leads him to exile in England. With the establishment of the Second Republic on 1848, with Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte become the first President, which become Emperor in 1852.

Stanislaus sent the Polish Legion left Berlin and arrived in Poznań on 28 March 1848, where Mierosławski took over military command.[57]

1,500 rebel Poles were imprisoned in Poznań Citadel, mostly peasants who took part in the fighting, their heads shaved bald and branded by Prussian authorities by chemical substance which scarred them with permanent wounds on hands, ears and faces.[58][59] Overall the prisoners were abused with repeated beatings and degrading treatment taking place[60] Stefan Kieniewicz, a Polish historian, in his scholary work analysing the Uprising published in 1935 and republished in 1960, writes that blame for this was shifted between Colomb and his lower-ranking officers, the incident was widely publicised by Polish press .[61] Mierosławski himself, whose mother was French and who lived in Paris prior to 1846, was released after French diplomatical protest[62] and commanded German insurgent units in Baden and the Electorate of the Palatinate in 1849 during the revolutions of 1848 in the German states.[63][64]

Crimean War

The Ottoman Empire steadily weakened decade after decade, Russia stood poised to take advantage by expanding south. In the 1850s, the British and the French, who were allied with the Ottoman Empire, were determined not to allow this to happen.[65]

Stanislaus, who aged 58 who had health issues and was recently step down as King of Belguim on 7 June 1850 after 19 years, 10 months and 17 days on the Belgian throne. When Crimean War (1853–1856) broke out when it started in the Balkans, where in July 1853 Russian troops occupied the Danubian Principalities,[66] (part of modern Romania) which were under Ottoman suzerainty, then began to cross the Danube. Led by Omar Pasha, the Ottomans fought a strong defensive campaign and stopped the advance at Silistra. In Europe, he allied with Britain Queen Victoria and French Emperor Napoleon III. Stanislaus sent his friend 1st Duke of Radziłów to Crimean to commanded the Polish army in Crimean with about 2 million troops with mix of Lithuanian soldiers. His son, Augustus Joseph at the Battle of Alma, where he was twice wounded.

After Casimir Tyskiewicz's return to Poland, Stanislaus announced that he ended the war and made peace with Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. The Crimean War last until the following year on 30 March 1856, after the Polish peace with Russia.

Social policy and reforms

From the beginning of his reign Napoleon III launched a series of social reforms aimed at improving the life of the working class. He began with small projects, such as opening up two clinics in Paris for sick and injured workers, a program of legal assistance to those unable to afford it, and subsidies to companies which built low-cost housing for their workers. He outlawed the practice of employers taking possession of or making comments in the work document that every employee was required to carry; negative comments meant that workers were unable to get other jobs. In 1847, he encouraged the creation of a state insurance fund to help workers or peasants who became disabled, and to help their widows and families.[67]

To help the working class, Napoleon III offered a prize to anyone who could develop an inexpensive substitute for butter; the prize was won by the French chemist Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès, who in 1850 patented a product he named oleomargarine, later shortened to simply margarine.[68]

Acceptance of the Belgian throne

At the end of August 1830, rebels in the Southern provinces (modern-day Belgium) of the United Netherlands rose up against Dutch rule. The rising, which began in Brussels, pushed the Dutch army back, and the rebels defended themselves against a Dutch attack. International powers meeting in London agreed to support the independence of Belgium, even though the Dutch refused to recognize the new state.

In November 1830, a National Congress was established in Belgium to create a constitution for the new state. Fears of "mob rule" associated with republicanism after the French Revolution of 1789, as well as the example of the recent, liberal July Revolution in France, led the Congress to decide that Belgium would be a popular, constitutional monarchy.

Search for a monarch

The choice of candidates for the position was one of the most controversial issues faced by the revolutionaries.[69]

The Congress refused to consider any candidate from the Dutch ruling house of Orange-Nassau.[69]
Some Orangists had hoped to offer the position to King William I or his son, William, Prince of Orange, which would bring Belgium into personal union with the Netherlands like Luxembourg.[69]
The Great Powers also worried that a candidate from another state could risk destabilizing the international balance of power and lobbied for a neutral candidate.[69]

Eventually the Congress was able to draw up a shortlist. The three viable possibilities were felt to be Eugène de Beauharnais, a French nobleman and stepson of Napoleon; Auguste of Leuchtenberg, son of Eugene; and Louis, Duke of Nemours who was the son of the French King Louis-Philippe.[70]

All the candidates were French and the choice between them was principally between choosing the Bonapartism of Beauharnais or Leuchtenberg and supporting the July Monarchy of Louis-Philippe.[70]
Louis-Philippe realized that the choice of either of the Bonapartists could be first stage of a coup against him, but that his son would also be unacceptable to other European powers suspicious of French intentions.[71]
Nemours refused the offer.[71]
With no definitive choice in sight, Catholics and Liberals united to elect Erasme Louis Surlet de Chokier, a minor Belgian nobleman, as regent to buy more time for a definitive decision in February 1831.[72]

Stanislaus Albert, Prince of Saxe-Coburg (later King Stanislaus III of Poland) had been proposed at an early stage, but had been dropped because of French opposition.[70]

The problems caused by the French candidates and the increased international pressure for a solution led to his reconsideration. On 22 April, he was finally approached by a Belgian delegation at Marlborough House to officially offer him the throne.[73]
King Stanislaus III, however, was reluctant to accept.[74]

Reign in Belgium

Main article: Belgium in the long nineteenth century
See also: Monarchy of Belgium
See also: Belgian Revolution and Constitution of Belgium


Stanislaus taking the constitutional oath during his enthronement. By the artist Gustaf Wappers

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Leopold on a 40 franc coin (1835)

On 17 July 1831, Emperor Leopold traveled from Warsaw, Poland to Belgium, entering the country at De Panne.[75]

Travelling to Brussels, he was greeted with patriotic enthusiasm along his route.[75]
The accession ceremony took place on 21 July on the Place Royale in Brussels. A stand had been erected on the steps of the church of Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg, surrounded by the names of revolutionaries fallen during the fighting in 1830.[76]
After a ceremony of resignation by the regent, Leopold, dressed in the uniform of a Belgian lieutenant-general, swore loyalty to the constitution and became king.[76]

The enthronement is generally used to mark the end of the revolution and the start of the Kingdom of Belgium and is celebrated each year as the Belgian national holiday.

Second marriage to Louise of Orléans

In 1832, Leopold married his second wife, Louise-Marie of Orléans. Louise-Marie was the daughter of President Charles Philippe of France, enstated in 1830. Leopold and Louise-Marie had three children. The eldest, Casimir Ludwik, Duke of Radziłów, born in 1832. When their second son Leopold Stanislaus, Duke of Ovruch was born in 1835 and the father of Belgium's third king, Albert I. Their youngest child was Charlotte, who would later marry Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico.

Consolidation of independence

Less than two weeks after Leopold's accession, on 2 August, the Netherlands invaded Belgium, starting the Ten Days' Campaign. The small Belgian army was overwhelmed by the Dutch assault and was pushed back. Faced with a military crisis, Leopold appealed to the French for support. The French promised support, and the arrival of their Armée du Nord in Belgium forced the Dutch to accept a diplomatic mediation and retreat back to the pre-war border. Skirmishes continued for eight years, but in 1839, the two countries signed the Treaty of London, establishing Belgium's independence.

Leopold was generally unsatisfied with the amount of power allocated to the monarch in the Constitution, and sought to extend it wherever the Constitution was ambiguous or unclear while generally avoiding involvement in routine politics.[77]

Role in international relations

Leopold I (right), with Queen Victoria and family in an early photograph of 1849

Because of his family connections and position at the head of a neutral and unthreatening power, Leopold was able to act as an important intermediary in European politics during his reign. As a result of this, he earned the nickname the "Augustus of Europe", after the wise mediator in Homer's Iliad. Leopold played a particularly important role in moderating relations between the hostile Great Powers. In the later part of his reign, his role in managing relations between Great Britain and the French kingdom of Louis Philippe I was particularly important.

Leopold was particularly known as a political marriage broker. In 1840, Charles arranged the marriage of his niece, Queen Victoria, to his nephew, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Even before she succeeded to the throne, Stanislaus had been advising Victoria by letter, and continued to influence her after her accession.

In foreign policy, Leopold's principal object was the maintenance of Belgian neutrality. Despite pressure from the Great Powers, especially over the Crimean War (1853–56), Belgium remained neutral throughout the reigns of Stanislaus III and John IV Joseph.

Polish-Belgium Alliance and abdication

During the reign of Leopold Albert, both Poland and the Kingdom of Belgium had made allied treaty on 5 December 1843. Since Poland and Belgium were 735 miles; which he was going to cross his native homeland of the Germany (which known as the Kingdom of Prussia).

Since his time in Belgium, which travelling back and forth from 1830 to 1844 was exhausting, indeed he was monarch of both kingdoms. He come by from the Belgian parliament that he wants to resign as King of the Belgians with an abdication letter. First the Prime Minister Sylvain Van de Weyer refusal the abdication of Stanislaus I; just like the Netherlands King William I's abdication in 1840.

Since Belgium was controlled by Leopold in Poland because he can't travelling from Poland to Belgium and back is tiring. On 7 June 1844, the Prime Minister, the parliament agreed of Stanislaus's favorite abdication and the Belgian crown passed to his son, John Joseph who later become King of Poland after Stanislaus's death, two years later.

Engraving of Leopold's theatrical offer in 1848 to abdicate if it was the will of the Belgian people.

The success of economic reforms partially mitigated the effects of the economic downturn and meant that Belgium was not as badly affected as its neighbors by the Revolutions of 1848.[78]

Nevertheless, in early 1848, a large number of radical publications appeared.[78]
The most serious threat of the 1848 revolutions in Belgium was posed by Belgian émigré groups. Shortly after the revolution in France, Belgian migrant workers living in Paris were encouraged to return to Belgium to overthrow the monarchy and establish a republic.[78]
Around 6,000 armed émigrés of the "Belgian Legion" attempted to cross the Belgian frontier. The first group, travelling by train, was stopped and quickly disarmed at Quiévrain on 26 March 1848.[79]
The second group crossed the border on 29 March and headed for Brussels.[78]
They were confronted by Belgian troops at the hamlet of Risquons-Tout and, during fighting, seven émigrés were killed and most of the rest were captured.[78]
To defuse tension, Leopold theatrically offered his resignation if this was the wish of the majority of his people.

The defeat at Risquons-Tout effectively ended the revolutionary threat to Belgium, as the situation in Belgium began to recover that summer after a good harvest, and fresh elections returned a strong Liberal majority.[78]

Religious issues, decline and death

Leopold in 1840, portrait by Liévin De Winne.

Throughout these wars Emperor Leopold tried to stabilize and streamline the Empire government. The electoral monarchy in Poland had created a nobility with extensive powers and a great deal of division. Leopold worked to gain more power for the king as well as to allow government business to pass with a majority of votes of the parliament rather than unanimity, which was extremely hard to achieve and meant that things often did not get done. All these actions led to a rebellion, but the Emperor was ultimately victorious and, despite what some historians like Paweł Jasienica often stated, his reign marked a period of Polish greatness.

Leopold made the Commonwealth the dominant power of Central and Eastern Europe and ensured that Poland remained a solidly Catholic country in the face of Protestant incursions. He was considered a brave man, a talented monarch and something of a Renaissance man as is evidenced by his devout faith and his artistic talent. Leopold was a gifted artist, painter and goldsmith; only one of his three paintings survived – one was for centuries erroneously attributed to Tintoretto. From his personal workshop came the main part of the famous silver coffin of St. Adalbert of Prague at the Cathedral in Gniezno.[80] Moreover, Sigismund was deeply interested in alchemy and ancient methods of turning metals into gold; he often cooperated with the famous alchemist and philosopher Michael Sendivogius (Polish: Michał Sędziwój).

Declining health

At the time, Leopold I Albert had been suffered health issues in December 1847, first he had leg, stomach and arm problems, which turns out of his wounds during his military service in 1805 Battle of Caldiero while he was Russian army with the rank of Lieutenant colonel. The wounds become infected and was never recovered,[81] which Leopold had been troubling walking as well. On March 1845, he was also suffered from nausea daily, as well of his problems with his walking.

Illness and death

Elder Leopold I in 1863.

His health was declined by the end of December of 1848. The Emperor suffered from malaria, which is getting worst by the last week of his reign.[82] [83]

Leopold Albert's first illness come to winter of 1850, the same year that his health is declining. The Emperor-King returned to Royal Castle with his health is failing. During the last months, during Stanislaus III's reign, he becomes weakened when he visit his brother-in-law Louis Philippe I in Paris on 11 January 1846.

The King's health is failing and was going to get weaken and weaken, he invited both his elder son, John Joseph and Stanislaus Radziłów, Prince of Holland, who recently become the Count of Krakow were summoned to the palace while the dying monarch. Both of the brothers who stay in his bedside, as well of Leopold's wife, Louise of Orléans who taking care of the dying Stanislaus until his final days. Since Leopold Albert can't make his eldest son to succeeded him, but when he first elected King in 1825, Stanislaus didn't know that the Polish monarchy line of succession was not created that every monarch died, a new elected was held. He was first monarch of Poland-Lithuania to make the line of succession to the polish throne from the royal family.

On 23 March 1866, Leopold I Albert was suffered a stroke and was left incapacitated, the cause of his stroke is revealed that his Polish born French doctor, Jerzy Jan Czartoryski stated that the monarch suffered pneumonia caused by the 1805 Battle of Caldiero while he was 19th Dragoons with the rank of Lieutenant colonel, during his military service in the Napoleonic Wars. Shortly after the sudden death of his second wife, Louise of Orléans, his health becoming faded; as well fell dangerously ill and experienced severe mental and psychological problems. During his final days, Leopold Albert's was troubling hearing the effects of a stroke, he was also have an pneumonia attack. Seven years later on 15 January, Emperor Leopold Albert died at age of 75 in Royal Castle, Warsaw while his family at his bedside. He was buried at Wawel Cathedral in Kraków. He was succeeded by his son, King Augustus IV Joseph.


Enclaving portrait of Emperor-King Stanislaus of Poland, as Prince of Saxe-Coburg and King of Belgium in 1816.

Stanislaus was one popularity monarch and as first German emperor in Poland (other is his great grandfather Augustus II the Strong) by ending the monarchy of an king and started to rank of Emperor. He considered was one of the popular monarchs in Poland and Lithuania. In 1805, Stanislaus was given an honorary commission of the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Izmaylovsky Regiment, part of the Imperial Guard, in the Imperial Russian Army.[4]

Two years later, Stanislaus was offer the position of Lieutenant colonel of the 4th Regiment of the Vistula Legions Seven years later, he received a promotion to the rank of Major General of Izmaylovsky Regiment.[4]

During his reign, Stanislaus was had plenty nicknames, mostly known as "the Prince-Emperor" which at the time when he was crowned first Emperor of the Polish Empire in 1825, he's also bold the title of Prince of Saxe-Coburg. He was a most cultured man and a great reader, and did his utmost during his reign to encourage art, science and education. His judgment was universally respected by contemporary sovereigns and statesmen, and he was frequently spoken of as "the Nestor of Europe." He's mostly nickname was as "Augustus of Europe". Stanislaus wide family connections earned him the nickname "Uncle of Europe." He was instrumental in bringing about the marriage of his niece Queen Victoria of England to his nephew Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

The reign of King Stanislaus I of Poland is often spoken of as the beginning of the end of the Polish Golden Age.[84] In terms of worldly success he certainly met with many victories and setbacks. Yet, he was also one of the great Catholic leaders of Europe and his reign can also be seen as one of many opportunities for an even greater Poland. He was stubborn, but a man of principle who would follow the hard but upright path rather than compromise his values for a more sure chance at success.[85] As a monarch who reigned during the Counter-Reformation he constantly worked to see the restoration of all of his subjects to the true faith embodied in the Church of Rome headed by the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.[86]

Statue of Stanislaus in Palais du Louvre in Paris.

Stanislaus's 40-year rule of the new established Empire[87] is often criticized in Poland for his successful decisions that positivity affected the diplomatic and financial situation of the country. However, especially by nationalists, he is widely praised for the capture of Moscow and for gaining new territories, thus creating the largest country in Europe of the 19th and 20th century that lasted until its Empire abolished and the republic was established in 1919. However, by contemporary Polish society, Stanislaus is solely remembered for transferring the capital from Kraków to Warsaw in 1825.[88] Soon after his death, Free City of Cracow broke free and become the Republic of Krakow but quickly defeated by the Polish army. The 19th French Dragoons say their final goodbyes to their command when he was laying in state funeral. His sons, Augustus Leopold I and Leopold II of Belgium in 1866.

Titles, styles and honours

Coat of Arms of Leopold Albert as monarch of the Polish–Lithuanian Empire.


  • 16 December 1790 – June 1815: His Royal Highness The Prince Leopold Christian Frederick
  • June 1815 – 21 February 1817 His Serene Highness The Prince of Saxe-Coburg
  • 5 August 1817 – 15 January 1866: His Imperial Majesty The Emperor of the Polish Empire and Grand Duke of Lithuania
  • 21 July 1831 – 4 April 1850 His Majesty The King of the Belgians

Royal styles

  • Royal titles, in Latin: "Stanislai indicta, per gratiam Dei, imperator Imperii ex Poloniae: Lithuaniae Magno Duci, Ruthenia, Prussia, Masovia, Samogitiae gubernatione, Livoniam, et Rex autem incolunt Belgae."
  • English translation: "Stanislaus, by the grace of God, Emperor of the Polish Empire, grand duke of Lithuania, Ruthenia, Prussia, Masovia, Samogitia, Livonia, and also the King of the Belgians.

Leopold Albert was elected Emperor of Poland and reigned 1817–1866. By paternal inheritance, he given the Principality of Saxe-Coburg in 1815, he also succeeded in 1831 as King of the Belgians but was abdicated in 1850 with passed to his son, Augustus IV Joseph.


Stanislaus as Marshal of the Armies.



Personal life





  • Andrzej Kmicic, Count of Stryi (18 March 1819), stillborn
  • Jerzy Michał (22 January 1829 – 14 May 1832), no marriage and no issue.
  • John Sigismund, Duke of Lwów (27 July 1833 – 7 September 1868), married [[]], had issue.



  1. Date of Stanislaw's accession; on 5 August 1809, the Congress of Vienna elected Stanislaw Leopold after the 1809 royal election. First monarch of the united Polish–Lithuanian Empire from 1817 to 1869.
  2. Which the limping in his leg caused both of his thighs to become fat of dead tissue, which he will walk in his uniform and his tight breeches of his thigh jog and shakes.
  3. 's what Olivier DeFrance thinks ((defrance 2004, p. 101)) but not Édouard Driault and Michel Lhéritier ((Driault & Lhéritier 1926, p. 18 and 26)).
  4. Leopold became king of the Belgians in 1831, Leopold refused to convert to Catholicism and remained all his life attached to the Lutheran faith until he's elected to the Polish throne in 1822 election.

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Further reading

This is only a small selection. See also National Library in Warsaw lists.
  • Czubiński, Antoni, ed. (1988). Józef Piłsudski i jego legenda [Józef Piłsudski and His Legend]. Warsaw: Państowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN. ISBN: 978-83-01-07819-5.
  • Davies, Norman (2001) [1984]. Heart of Europe, The Past in Poland's Present. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-280126-5.
  • Dziewanowski, Marian Kamil (1969). Joseph Pilsudski: A European Federalist, 1918–1922. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-8179-1791-3.
  • Garlicki, Andrzej (1981). "Piłsudski, Józef Klemens" (in Polish). Polish Biographical Dictionary (Polski Słownik Biograficzny) vol. XXVI. Wrocław: Polska Akademia Nauk. pp. 311–324.
  • Hauser, Przemysław (1992). Dorosz, Janina (transl.). "Józef Piłsudski's Views on the Territorial Shape of the Polish State and His Endeavours to Put them into Effect, 1918–1921". Polish Western Affairs (Poznań: Komisja Naukowa Zachodniej Agencji Prasowej) (2): 235–249. ISSN 0032-3039.
  • Jędrzejewicz, Wacław (1989). Józef Piłsudski 1867–1935. Wrocław: Wydawnictwo LTW. ISBN: 978-83-88736-25-4.
  • Piłsudska, Aleksandra (1941). Pilsudski: A Biography by His Wife. New York: Dodd, Mead. OCLC 65700731.
  • Piłsudski, Józef; Gillie, Darsie Rutherford (1931). Joseph Pilsudski, the Memories of a Polish Revolutionary and Soldier. Faber & Faber.
  • Piłsudski, Józef (1972). Year 1920 and its Climax: Battle of Warsaw during the Polish-Soviet War, 1919–1920, with the Addition of Soviet Marshal Tukhachevski's March beyond the Vistula. New York: Józef Piłsudski Institute of America. ASIN B0006EIT3A.
  • Reddaway, William Fiddian (1939). Marshal Pilsudski. London: Routledge. OCLC 1704492.
  • Rothschild, Joseph (1967). Pilsudski's Coup d'État. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN: 978-0-231-02984-1.
  • Wandycz, Piotr S. (1970). "Polish Federalism 1919–1920 and its Historical Antecedents". East European Quarterly (Boulder, Colorado) 4 (1): 25–39. ISSN 0012-8449.
  • Wandycz, Piotr S. "Poland's Place in Europe in the Concepts of Piłsudski and Dmowski," East European Politics & Societies (1990) 4#3 pp 451–468.
  • Wójcik, Włodzimierz (1987). Legenda Piłsudskiego w Polskiej literaturze międzywojennej (Piłsudski's Legend in Polish Interwar Literature). Warsaw: Śląsk. ISBN: 978-83-216-0533-3.

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Stanisław the Great
Born: 16 May 1783 Died: 13 October 1850
Regnal titles
Title last held by
James I Casimir
as King of Poland
Grand Duke of Lithuania
9 December 1808 – 13 October 1850
Succeeded by
Augustus IV James
Congress of Vienna
Prince of Saxe-Coburg
June 1815 – 21 February 1827
New office Emperor of Poland
27 December 1815 – 13 October 1850
Preceded by
Erasme Louis
as Regent of Belgium
King of the Belgians
(as Leopold I)

21 July 1831 – 13 October 1850
Succeeded by
Leopold II

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