Cameron interviewed about Napoleon

While I was a podcasting conference in Perth (that’s in Western Australia, the most remote city on the planet) last weekend, Nick Hodge from Microsoft Australia interviewed me on my passion for Napoleon. I thought I would share it with you. Apologies for the fact that I appear to be eating a mint at the beginning of the interview.

Cameron Reilly on Napoleone di Buonaparte

#30 – The Journey To Elba

Today we look at the period immediately after Napoleon’s first abdication in 1814 – his suicide attempt, the Allies’ discussions about where to send him (the Treaty of Fontainebleau), and his incredible work ethic once he arrived in Elba. Then we examine his reasons for deciding to leave Elba after a mere ten months and return… to France.

I also mention during the show that I was recently extremely honoured to be informed that I am to be made a “Fellow” of the International Napoleonic Society (at the suggestion of their Vice-President J. David Markham) and David plugs the INS conference which we will both be attending in Ajaccio, Corsica, July 7 – 11 2008. We would both love to see all of you there! Download the registration form here (link).

Some images to go with today’s episode:

Napoleon On Elba
Napoleon on Elba

The Abdication Desk
The Abdication Desk

Detail from The Abdication Desk
Description from the abdication desk


This show is based on David’s book “Napoleon For Dummies”. Click on the image below to purchase a copy!



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#29 – The First Abdication

As 1814 begins, Napoleon is surrounded by problems following the Battle of Leipzig, but he still has some fight left in him. In this nearly two hour long episode, David takes us through the failed peace talks, The Six Day War, the betrayal of Murat, Ney and the surrender of Paris, Napoleon being a mere four hours too late to save his city from being turned over to the enemy by his brother Joseph.

This image is from the personal collection of J. David Markham:

 Adieu de Fontainebleau

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