Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was born in Corsica & at an early age sent to a military school in France. At sixteen, he was commissioned as an artillery officer. In the years that followed, Napoleon's actions were to make him one of history's greatest heroes - & villains. He gave his name to one of the world's most crucial eras of development, & to a dream of government that inspires some statesmen today. An heir of the French Revolution, he took over its energies both to consolidate & contradict its aims. His blazing personality changed his world & still affects ours. At the age of thirty-five, this obscure Corsican, in the presence of the Pope, crowned himself Emperor of France.
Seven Broadsheet Essays
- The early years
- Life Under the Directory
- Napoleon Seizes Power
- From Consul to Emperor
- The man & his letters
- Napoleon the Military Genius
- Napoleon the Tyrant Timeline: 1769-1804
- Eleven Historical Documents
- Earliest surviving portrait of Napoleon, sketch, 1785.
- Note - Napoleon to Gen. Carteaux, Siege of Toulon, 1793.
- Page - Treaty of Campo Formio, Napoleon negotiated, 1797.
- "The Siege of Acre," 1799 - rare battle sketch by Napoleon.
- The Times, June 1, 1799, reporting setbacks for French forces in Europe.
- Reports prompted Napoleon's return from Egypt. Coup d'etat of Brumaire, Nov. 1799.
- Stern letter from Napoleon to the French royal family.
- Napoleon becomes Consul for Life, 1802 - voting list from the Prefecture of the Seine.
- "Napoleon becomes Emperor" - sketch by Louis David for painting of coronation of Dec. 2, 1804.
- Leaf of a fan depicting schemes for crossing the Channel to invade & defeat Britain.
- The Legion of Honour - decree bestowing orders on leading artists of Napoleon's Empire.
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