Editor says, what if Napoleon had pardoned the Duke of Enghien? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality the duke was executed. Sweden broke off relations with France over the affair, and Pitt successfully achieved an alliance in which Swedish Pomerania could be used as a base to land troops on the Continent. Other nations followed, and the War of the Third Coalition soon began. After four more coalitions, Napoleon would finally be defeated in 1815, and Bourbons returned to the throne of France. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.