In this episode we explore First Consul Bonaparte’s failed attempts to make peace with the Kings of England and Austria after he took power in 1799 and the subsequent French campaign into Italy to regain the territory lost to the Austrians since Napoleon’s original Italian campaign.
We also cover:
- The famous Jacques-Louis David painting of Napoleon Crossing The Alps
- The revisionist (and more realistic) painting of the same journey by Paul Delaroche
- The Battle Of Marengo, where Napoleon narrowly, but comprehensively, routed the Austrians
- By the way, here’s a great link to a bicentennial review of the Battle of Marengo
- Here’s the uniform Bonaparte wore at Marengo from that bicentennial site (on display at Les Invalides in Paris)
- And we also get slightly side-tracked (my fault!) and talk about some great Napoleonic films, including “Waterloo” (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1970) and “Napoleon” (Abel Gance, 1927).