Category: NAPOLEON

5 Grand Goals Napoleon Aimed to Achieve in Egypt

Andrew Knighton

The Egyptian campaign Napoleon led in 1798 was one of the greatest disasters of his career. After his fleet was destroyed by Nelson at the…

Napoleon as Augustus: How He Modelled Himself on the Roman Empire

“I am a true Roman Emperor; I am of the best race of the Caesars – those who are founders.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, 1812. Throughout…

7 Ways Napoleon Celebrated Battlefield Courage

Andrew Knighton

Napoleon Bonaparte was an inspiring figure. His greatest opponent, the Duke of Wellington, said that the French Emperor inspired such confidence that his presence at…

How Napoleon’s Empire Empowered European Jews

The beating of war drums has seldom been a good sign for Europe’s Jewish communities. Dispersed by the endless conquests of their homeland, they were…

6 Great Women Who Inspired Napoleon

Andrew Knighton

Despite sharing the gender biases common to his time, Napoleon Bonaparte’s admiration for great men extended to a few women. Though he once said that…

When Malaria Sided With Napoleon: The Doomed British Walcheren Expedition That Cost 4,000 Lives

The British expedition sent to Walcheren in the Netherlands in 1809 was one of the boldest moves of the Napoleonic wars. Unfortunately for the soldiers…

4 Soldiers of Humble Background Who Helped Make Napoleon Great

Napoleon Bonaparte was no ordinary Joe. His family were minor nobles from Corsica, and he was always destined to a more privileged life than 99%…

7 Reasons Why Napoleon Should Have Lost in Italy

  From 1792 to 1797, France fought a multi-fronted war against the First Coalition, the first of many attempts to bring the revolutionary nation to…

The 4 Types of Men Who Fought for Napoleon

Andrew Knighton

The awesome power of the Napoleonic Empire was built on the blood and courage of millions of soldiers. Though Napoleon is remembered as an icon…

Toulon and the Whiff of Grapeshot: Napoleon’s First Successes

As Emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte would conquer half of Europe and leave the rest trembling in terror at his approach. But the rise…

A New Breed of Soldier: How the French Revolution Made Napoleon’s Career Possible

Andrew Knighton

Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power marked the death knell of the French Revolution. His autocratic government ended the attempts at increased democracy that had shaken…