Napoleon And Me

Episodes

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01Julia Blackburn2012120320150615 (R3)

tells an extraordinary tale of sleuthing for the ghost of Napoleon on St Helena, his last island and his final unsought home.

The first of five essays as part of BBC Radio 3's 2012 Napoleon Season, marking two hundred years since his historic retreat from Moscow.

Julia had long wanted to write about Napoleon's final days. She set off for St Helena and Longwood House - the Emperor's last home prison - and tried to enlist the support of two official parties. She contacted the British Governor of the island and the French Consul who took responsibility for what became a tiny piece of France after the Emperor's death. Neither bothered to reply so Julia was forced to seek answers by exploring other paths back into the life of Napoleon's last days on St Helena. A lonely giant tortoise came to her rescue along with some other human inhabitants of the island - or Saints as they call themselves.

Producer: Tim Dee

First broadcast 03/12/2012.

The first of five essays as part of BBC Radio 3's Napoleon Season, marking two hundred years since his historic retreat from Moscow.

Julia had long wanted to write about Napoleon's final days. She set off for St Helena and Longwood House - the Emperor's last home prison - and tried to enlist the support of two official parties. She contacted the British Governor of the island and the French Consul who took responsibility for what became a tiny piece of France after the Emperor's death. Neither bothered to reply so Julia was forced to seek answers by exploring other paths back into the life of Napoleon's last days on St Helena. A lonely giant tortoise came to her rescue along with some other human inhabitants of the island - or Saints as they call themselves. Producer: Tim Dee

02Andrea Stuart2012120420150616 (R3)

To mark the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, a series of essays about Napoleon Bonaparte. The writer Andrea Stuart was born and raised in the Caribbean. The subject of her second book Josephine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon, was born on Martinique to a wealthy white Creole family. In a narrative crossing back and forth between their shared Caribbean origins, Andrea Stuart explores Josephine's journey away from the tropics and the significance of her origins in her relationship with another exile from an island, the world-famous Corsican mountaineer.

First broadcast in December 2012.

The writer Andrea Stuart was born and raised in the Caribbean. The subject of her second book Josephine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon, was born on Martinique to a wealthy white Creole family. In a narrative crossing back and forth between their shared Caribbean origins, Andrea Stuart explores Josephine's journey away from the tropics and the significance of her origins in her relationship with another exile from an island, the world famous Corsican mountaineer.

Part of BBC Radio 3's Napoleon Season marking two hundred years since his historic retreat from Moscow.

03Adam Nicolson2012120520150617 (R3)

To mark the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, a series of essays about Napoleon Bonaparte. When the writer Adam Nicolson was a teenager he lived with his father who was writing about Napoleon and 1812. What was it like?

When the writer Adam Nicolson was a teenager he lived with his father who was writing about Napoleon and 1812. What was it like?

Part of BBC Radio 3's Napoleon Season marking two hundred years since his historic retreat from Moscow.

04Kirsteen Mccue2012120620150618 (R3)

To mark the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, a series of essays about Napoleon Bonaparte and his relationship with a a group of writers. In this edition, Kirsteen McCue on singing and interpreting the history behind the 'Ettrick Shepherd' James Hogg's Scottish Napoleonic songs.

on singing and interpreting the history behind the 'Ettrick Shepherd' James Hogg's Scottish Napoleonic songs.

An essay series for BBC Radio 3's Napoleon Season marking two hundred years since his historic retreat from Moscow.

05 LASTMark Adkin20121207

admired Napoleon as a child and later became a soldier. Now he writes military history and describes being a military historian in the footsteps of Napoleon.

The last of five essays as part of BBC Radio 3's Napoleon Season marking two hundred years since his historic retreat from Moscow.