Joachim Murat (25 March 1767 – 13 October 1815), a charismatic, daring calvary officer whose flamboyant personal style earned him the title “the dandy king.”
Murat came from semi-humble origins, but through his own skills, and his brother-in-law Napoleon, he became Marshal of France and Grand Admiral or Admiral of France, 1st Prince Murat, Grand Duke of Berg, and finally King of Naples from 1808 to 1815.
Murat was put to death by firing squad after failing to regain his throne from Ferdinand IV of Naples following the 100 Days, but met his death boldly: his last words were supposedly:
« Soldats ! Faites votre devoir ! Droit au cœur mais épargnez le visage. Feu ! »
“Soldiers! Do your duty! Straight to the heart but spare the face. Fire!”