JEANBAPTISTE JULES BERNADOTTE
The son of a tailor, Bernadotte rose through the ranks of the French military to become a Marshal of the Empire in 1804. But that wasn’t the highest position he held. Six years later, he was elected Crown Prince of Sweden. The Swedes, under an heirless king, desired a future ruler with close ties to Napoleon. Bernadotte threw himself into the role, renouncing Catholicism and leading an allied coalition against his native land in 1813, aided by the military acumen he had accumulated under Napoleon’s command.
Bernadotte’s descendants still reign in Sweden today