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This is the acclaimed three part series telling the fascinating story of Napoleon. With access to a unique archive of Napoleons personal letters, many of which have never been published before.Historian Andrew Roberts journeys through the history and geography of Europe to bring this story vividly to life as he traces the footsteps of the legendary leader himself. The series sheds new light on Napoleon as an extraordinarily gifted military commander, a mesmeric leader whose private life was, contrary to popular belief, littered with disappointments and betrayals. Episode One. From lowly Corsican Army officer to first consul of France it charts the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte to leader of the French nation in the late 1790s. It tells of Napoleons military triumphs in Italy, Egypt and against anti-revolutionaries on the streets of Paris, his marriage to Josephine Beauharnais and leadership of the military coup of 1799 that swept him into power. Episode Two. In 1805, when Napoleon was crowned King of Italy, he was at the height of his power. The previous year he had been crowned Emperor of the French. The episode also features the Battle of Austerlitz, one of the greatest military encounters of the 19th century . Episode Three. The monarchies of Europe, the anti-Napoleonic powers of the world were out to destroy him. Napoleon had trusted the Tsar of Russia - but the Tsar reneged on their deal. He sought revenge by invading Russia in 1812 - but the campaign was a total disaster. Ever since the revolution had taken place in France in 1789, the monarchist nations of the world were out to destroy Napoleon and at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, they were granted their ultimate opportunity. This definitive battle (which is covered in detail) sealed Napoleons fate.This fascinating series is the definitive story of Napoleon. Superb - The Arts Desk. Absorbing - The Independent

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