In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte wanted to take the title of Emperor to possess,
like his idol Charles the Great, the great Western empire. However, like his famous predecessor,
he should have been crowned by the Pope, in which hundreds of millions of people believed,
including the millions of French. At the same time his pride, military might and distrust
of the Pope prevented the desire to obtain from him the crown.
Before Bonaparte there was a real-life problem,
which was based on a clash of two opposing desires:
to be and not be crowned.
Napoleon resolved this contradiction with his usual genius: