Empires: Napoleon

Nov 22, 2023 | History, Videos

Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most influential figures in European history, and his story has been told over and over again in books, television, and movies. Now, with ‘The Summit of Greatness’, a documentary about Napoleon’s life and legacy is being released.

Napoleon was born on the island of Corsica in 1769 into a family of nobles. From an early age he displayed great military aptitude and after attending military school in France he rose quickly through the ranks to become a general at just 24 years old. His rise culminated in him becoming Emperor of France in 1804; he had conquered most of Europe by 1807. In particular, his victory at Austerlitz is renowned as one of the greatest military feats ever performed.

However, his rule eventually stretched too far when he attempted to invade Spain. This led to a series of campaigns that ended with the disastrous invasion of Russia and Napoleon’s eventual exile to Elba. But even this didn’t stop him; he escaped Elba only for final defeat at Waterloo. He was then exiled again, this time to St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean where he died six years later.

Now viewers can see all these events unfold firsthand with ‘The Summit of Greatness’. The documentary brings to life this extraordinary figure whose charisma swayed an empire and sparked his belief in destiny. It is an intimate look at Napoleon’s legacy told through interviews with leading historians and experts on European history as well as beautiful recreations of battles and other important moments from his life. This is your chance to witness first-hand one of history’s most iconic figures – so don’t miss out!

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