We left Napoleon in late 1795, having broken the back of the Paris insurgency with a “whiff of grapeshot”. For his efforts he was made Commander of the Army of the Interior, the largest armed force in France, with the rank of general de division. He changed his name from Buonaparte to Bonaparte. He is 26 years old. Josephine. It is around this time that Napoleon first meets Marie Joesphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie whom he decided to call Josephine. She was 32, 6 years older than N, and had two children from her previous marriage. In this show we talk a little about:

  • her background
  • Alexander’s execution
  • how she came to meet Napoleon
  • her relationship with Paul Barras
  • her marriage to Napoelon in 1796 – within six months of meeting!
  • Her children

In the next show, we’ll start to cover the Italian Campaign of 1796 as Napoleon continues his rise to power and eternal fame!

And don’t forget, if you are new to Napoleonic study, then you really must buy a copy of David’s recent book: