CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN
THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON

by Ben Weider, CM, CQ, PhD, SBStJ

 


The chapters in the life of  Napoleon will lead you progressively through each stage of his life: from the day he was born until the day he died.  Our aim is to show that life in the light of plain truth, i.e. stripped of legend and slander.

 

We will highlight his exploits, his great common sense, the unbelievable energy he devoted to improving the living conditions of people of all races and religions; we will explain why, at the beginning of this third millenium, the Emperor has become a true world hero.

Napoleonic societies thrive on five continents.  Many  publish reviews that examine Napoleon from every possible angle.  They not only organize conventions, but pilgrimages and cruises to places made famous by his memory.

 

Napoleon exhibitions proliferate in Canada and the United States and as far away as Russia and Japan.  The number of Napoleon magazines in every language is constantly on the rise and books and articles about the Emperor are being published a rate of more than one a day.

 

The bicentennial celebrations continue:

1969 was the 200th anniversary of his birth, 1993 of the English expulsion from Toulon; in 1996-1997, more than fifty cities and villages in Italy organized major festivals to celebrate their liberation from the Austrian yoke. Currently we are commemorating the achievements of the golden age of the Consulate.

 

At the University of Florida, students from every corner of the world who devote the major part of their four-year study program to Napoleon. Monuments have been erected to his glory, even by the descendants of his adversaries. At Lobau Island on the Danube, Borodino on the outskirts of Moscow and on the banks of Bérézina at the spot where he broke his way through the vice of Russian forces three times greater in number.

 

Hardly a week goes by without some television channel airing a documentary or a movie about Napoleon.  Two hundred full-length motion pictures have already been made and right now a 6-hour epic is being filmed, based on the masterpiece by Max Gallo.  It will be released simultaneously in English and in French, in the fall of 2002, in a series of four 1hr and 30 min episodes. Christian Clavier will play the part of Napoleon and Isabelle Rosselini will play Joséphine.  The producer, Gérard Depardieu, has chosen to be Fouché and has cast John Malkovich in the role of Talleyrand. Didier Decoin wrote the screenplay and Canadian Yves Simoneau is the director. The film should prove a real triumph... if it presents the true Napoleon.

 

Why this passion?  Quite simply because men and women the world over, disoriented by the all-pervasive violence that reigns today, are searching for a symbol, a universal model of youth, strength and enthusiasm.

Napoleon always sought peace and showed the ways to obtain it.  If he did not succeed in achieving this goal, it was because he was unfailingly too good and generous toward the warmongers, whom he always forgave after overcoming them. There is surely a lesson in this for the democratic forces of today.

 

VOLUME I 

Chapter 1 : Childhood - Studies

Chapter 2 : Artillery Lieutenant - Baptism of Fire

Chapter 3 : Battle of Toulon

Chapter 4 : General Bonaparte saves the Republic and marries Joséphine de Beauharnais

Chapter 5 : Beginning of the Italian Campaign - Victory at Montenotte and Mondovi

Chapter 6 : Facing General Beaulieu - Victory at Lodi

Chapter 7 : Face to face with Marshal Wurmser

Chapter 8 : Face to face with Marshal Alvinzi

Chapter 9 : Rivoli - Mantua

Chapter 10 : Total Victory over Austria

Chapter 11 : From Leoben to the departure for Egypt

Chapter 12 : The Egyptian Campaign of 1798

Chapter 13 : The Egyptian Campaign - First half of 1799

Chapter 14 : The Egyptian Campaign - Napoleon's return to France

Chapter 15 : Bonaparte First Consul

Chapter 16 : The Head of State

Chapter 17 : Marengo

Chapter 18 : The Convention of Mortefontaine between the United States and France

Chapter 19 : The Concordat and the religious peace

Chapter 20 : Tthe Civil Code and Administration

Chapter 21 : Public Education

Chapter 22 : The Legion of Honour

Chapter 23 : General Peace in Europe

Chapter 24 : The Treachery of Bernadotte

Chapter 25 : Napoleon Architect of modern Italy and Switzerland

Chapter 26 : The Cession of Louisiana

Chapter 27 : William Pitt The Enemy of Peace

Chapter 28 : The plot to assassinate Napoleon

 

 

VOLUME II

 

Chapter 1 : The First Consul at home

Chapter 2 : At work with the Emporor (1)

Chapter 3 : At work with the Emperor (2) - The administrator and the builder

Chapter 4 : At work with the emperor (3) - The administer and the builder

Chapter 5 : May 18, 1804 - Long live the Emperor !

Chapter 6 : December 2, 1804 - Napoleon crowned in Notre-Dame

Chapter 7 : The Camp at Boulogne (1) And England trembled

Chapter 8 : The Camp at Boulogne (2) And England trembled

Chapter 9 : England rejects the hand of Peace

Chapter 10 :  October 21, 1805 Was England saved by Trafalgar?

Chapter 11 : The build-up to Austerlitz - Ulm, or the incredible rout of the Austrians

Chapter 12 : The road to Austerlitz (2) Napoleon's final endeavour to persuade Russia to stop the war.

Chapter 13 : 2 December 1805 - England's Mercenaries defeated at Austerlitz

Chapter 14: Napoleon`s Generosity to his Defeated Foes after Austerlitz

Chapter 15 (Part I): After the battle of Austerlitz, a battle against the Squandering of the treasury
Chapter 15 (Part II ): Prosperity returns after Austerlitz

Chapter 16: A little-known episode during the 1805 campaing Prussia schemes to deceive Napoleon before Austerlitz

Chapter 17: Prelude to an unimaginable disaster: War fever sweeps the Prussian Court.
Chapter 18: And peace itself went to its grave...
Chapter 19: Napoleon extends his hand to Prussia, one last time
Chapter 20: Forced to respond to the Prussians, the Emperor regretfully laces on his campaign boots
Chapter 21: October 10, 1806, The Disaster of Saalfeld
Chapter 22: Iena, October 14, 1806. First Station of the Cross for the Arrogant Prussians.
Chapter 23: The second station of the cross for the Prussians Auerstedt or the triumph of Marchal Davout
Chapter 24 (Part I): The Fantastic Pursuit Collapse of the Prussian Army
Chapter 24 (Part II): Fortresses capitulate one after another...
Chapter 25: Before entering Berlin, The Emperor's Pilgrimage to the tomb of Frederick the Great
Chapter 26: Napoleon and the Grande Armée enter into Berlin
Chapter 27: The French in Berlin: A Peaceful Military Occupation
Chapter 28: From Berlin, Napoleon launches his economic crusade against England
Chapter 29: The Confederation of the Rhine (Part I) A Shield for Imperial France
Chapter 29 (Part II): The Confederation of the Rhine: Identity Card
Chapter 30: The Prelude to the Polish Campaign
Chapter 31: The Polish Campaign (2)
The Warsow Interlude
Chapter 32: The Appalling Tragedy of Eylau
Chapter 33: The Army's Convalescence After Eylau
Chapter 34: 14 June 1807 The Russians Encounter their Iena at Friedland
Chapter 35: Tilsit 1807 Paving the way for an illusion of peace
Chapter 36: Tilsit Juin 1807 Three Sovereigns on a Raft in the Middle of the Niemen
Chapter 37: Tilsit 7 & 9 July, Napoleon decides not to erase Prussia from the map of Europe
Chapter 38: Nobility of the French Empire by Virtue of Blood and Merit
Chapter 39: Clouds gathered in the clear sky of 1807
Chapter 40: The Bonaparte family, the Emperor's three sisters
Chapter 41: The Bonaparte family, four brothers, four burdens
Chapter 42: France gets caught up in Spanish Politics A few of the actors make their entrance
Chapter 43: The decor for the Spanish tragedy
Chapter 44: Napoleon gets caught up in a sordid family quarrel
Chapter 45: Madrid, 2 May 1808, Day of bloodshed and madness
Chapter 46: The throne of Spain goes to Joseph, Murat receives the Kingdom of Naples
Chapter 47: Joseph Reluctantly becomes King of Spain
Chapter 48: Baylen, the inconceivable defeat
Chapter 49: Prisoners and martyrs woe betide the vanquished
Chapter 50: Joseph flees from Madrid
Chapter 51: At Erfurt Tallayrand's treachery breaks the Franco-Russian Alliance
Chapter 52:Before heading for Madrid, Napoleon takes over command of his Grand Army
Chapter 53: At Somosierra, the epic charge of the polish light horse opens the road to Madrid for Napoleon
Chapter 54: The 4 December 1808, The Capitulation of Madrid