Apr 27, 2018
We meet the Army of Italy, which Napoleon finds in a "state of destitution." Paris provides little support, but Bonaparte attempts to get his command into shape for the offensive. We discuss more of the military reforms of the revolution. Napoleon gives the first famous speech of his career. The First Italian Campaign...
Apr 12, 2018
For better and for worse, a new government takes over in Paris: the Directory. Napoleon and Josephine are married, and we examine her unhappy early life. Napoleon leaves Paris to meet his destiny.
Mar 25, 2018
An update from the armies at the front: French success continues in
the Netherlands, and the long-suffering Dutch radicals finally have
their day. In the South, the republicans push into Catalonia,
knocking Spain out of the war, but at the cost of a general's life.
Prussia finally wakes up and leaves the Coalition.
Mar 8, 2018
With the defeat of the French left, the right begins a violent
resurgence, culminating in a rebellion that nearly conquers Paris.
Napoleon saves the Convention (and his career with it). We meet two
memorable characters: Paul Barras and Joachim Murat
Feb 23, 2018
With so many of his political patrons dead, Napoleon's career stalls. He spends some aimless months in the capital trying to improve his situation. He finds high society transformed along with politics. Also discussed: Napoleon's love life, republican victories in the Vendée, and the surprising importance of the...