Cadoudal Affair


The Cadoudal Affair, or the Pichegru Conspiracy, was a failed royalist attempt to kill or kidnap Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), then the First Consul of the French Republic, and restore the House of Bourbon to the French throne. The conspiracy's discovery led to the controversial execution of the Duke of Enghien and helped facilitate the establishment of the First French Empire.

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  • 24 Dec 1800
    First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte survives an assassination attempt, when an 'infernal machine' explodes and kills eight people.
  • 23 Aug 1803
    Georges Cadoudal and seven other royalists land in Normandy, intending to kill or capture Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • 28 Jan 1804
    After interrogation, one of the conspirators of the Cadoudal Affair, Dr. Querelle, gives up the plot.
  • 9 Mar 1804
    Georges Cadoudal is arrested in Paris after a dramatic carriage chase.
  • 15 Mar 1804
    The Duke of Enghien, last member of the illustrious House of Condé, is kidnapped from his estate in Baden by French soldiers.
  • 21 Mar 1804
    The Duke of Enghien is executed after a sham trial; the controversial killing stains the reputation of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • 6 Apr 1804
    General Jean-Charles Pichegru, a conspirator of the Cadoudal Affair, is found strangled to death in his prison cell.
  • 2 May 1804
    Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French.
  • 25 Jun 1804
    Georges Cadoudal and eleven of his collaborators are guillotined in Paris for conspiring against the life of Napoleon Bonaparte.