Napoleon's Book of Fate : In 1813 Napoleon was defeated at Leipzip. However he left behind him a "Cabinet of Curiosities" among which a Prussian officer discovered the following Oraculum. Originally this Oraculum had been discovered in one of the Royal tombs of Egypt during a French military expedition of 1801. The emperor ordered the manuscript to be translated by a famous German scholar and antiquarian. From that time onwards the Oraculum remained one of Napoleon's most treasures possessions. He consulted it on many occasions and it is said to have "formed a stimulus to his most speculative and most successful enterprises."