French Royalist Leader
Cadoudal was a miller's son and fervent Royalist who took
up arms in La Vendee against the Revolution.
In 1793 he led one of the forces against France's new regime
and continued the struggle despite the odds against him.
met Napoleon Bonaparte,
but was not convinced by the First Consul that his continued
resistance would eventually fail.
offer of an amnesty was rejected in 1795 and he took part
in the Quiberon debacle.
spent much of his time in England and organised anti-Bonaparte
plots - although he denied being involved in the unsuccessful
attempt to assassinate him with a
bomb in 1800.
1803, he began planning to kidnap Bonaparte - together with
generals Jean Moreau and
Jean Pichegru - but the 1804
six months on the run he was finally caught and, despite
a face-to-face talk with Bonaparte, refused to ask for clemency.
was executed in June 1804.