2015 Festival

Napoleon the Great

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

With Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts’ Napoleon the Great is the definitive modern biography of Napoleon Bonaparte. In the space of just twenty years, from October 1795 when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d’etat he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the Revolution had descended. In a series of dazzling battles he reinvented the art of warfare. In peace he completely remade the laws of France and modernized systems of education and administration. Napoleon is often portrayed as a despot but, Andrew Roberts conveys his tremendous energy, both physical and intellectual, and the attractiveness of his personality, even to his enemies.

Andrew Roberts is a biographer and historian of international renown and a Fellow of the Royal Societies of Literature and Arts. His three-part series on Napoleon aired on BBC TV this Summer.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 26 September 2015.