tue27apr6:30 pmFeaturedOnline Lecture: Napoleon I: Emperor and KingOnline lecture by Philip Mansel6:30 pm Book Now

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Using many unpublished illustrations, historian Philip Mansel shows that Napoleon was not, as Hegel called him ‘the world soul on horseback’, but above all a monarch: Emperor of the French, King of Italy and Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine. He abolished republics in Venice, Genoa, Milan, Dubrovnik and the Netherlands, and made the rulers of Saxony, Bavaria and Wurttemberg kings. In France, he recreated a court, a dynasty and a nobility. His uniforms, palaces and furniture, usually designed by Percier and Fontaine, helped rebrand monarchy for the nineteenth century. On Elba and Saint Helena he maintained more etiquette than most other monarchs in exile. His principal internal reform, the Code Napoleon, was adopted in many foreign countries but none of his frontiers or constitutions survived. He left France smaller and weaker than he found it, having lost over 900,000 soldiers’ lives and all its conquests.

Philip Mansel is a historian of courts and cities, and of France and the Ottoman Empire. He co-founded the Society for Court Studies and has appeared on television and radio. He has published extensively, including some fourteen books, and has contributed to numerous newspapers and journals. His latest book is a life of Louis XIV, the king who was one of Napoleon’s models: King of the World (Penguin 2019)

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