The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast

By Cameron Reilly and J. David Markham

From Feb 2006 to Sep 2014

Who was Napoleon Bonaparte? Why have more books been written about this man than anyone else in history apart from perhaps Jesus Christ? And why are so many people around the world fascinated with his story? Was he a tyrant? Was he, as Chateaubriand said, “mightiest breath of life which ever animated human clay”?
This podcast intends to provide two opinions on those questions while stepping you through the life of this very complex and divisive man.
The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast is a structured educational podcast lasting over 60 hour-long episodes, each covering a particular period of Napoleon’s life and career.

All Episodes

  Direct Link   Download 138 Minutes 12 Sep 2014

The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast was one of the first history podcast series ever produced. Over 4 years (2006 – 2009) we produced 59 episodes incorporating 100+ hours of content that spans the life and career of one of history’s most fascinating characters. If you enjoy the show and want to listen to the last 40 […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 15 Aug 2014

Here’s a plug for the Life Of Caesar podcast, hosted by Cameron and Ray Harris. It’s been going since Dec ’13, has about 80,000 listeners and ranks in the Top 100 podcasts in the USA, UK, AUS and CAN, so check it out!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Mar 2010

Our own J. David Markham was recently interviewed on Australian radio regarding a lock of Napoleon’s hair recently found in Sydney’s town hall. Listen to David’s interview here!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 11 Sep 2007

download the show As our regular listeners know, for some time now David and I have been thinking about doing a new podcast series in addition to the current Napoleon 101 series. One of the challenges we have with producing a new series, however, is time. Although David has recently retired from full-time teaching, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 60 Minutes 12 Apr 2007

After the Battle Of Trafalgar (1805), the relationship between Spain (which had previously declared war on France in 1793 and then an alliance in 1795) and France soured. In 1807, Spain was in turmoil, due to infighting between their disinterested Bourbon king Charles IV, his son Ferdinand and the Spanish Prime Minister (also the not-so-secret […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 23 Mar 2007

Welcome to the tragic Episode 18 of the Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast here on The Podcast Network. Once again, David and I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful feedback and comments we have received since the last episode. We both really appreciate it and it’s added motivation to keep producing the show although, as […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 78 Minutes 20 Feb 2007

On this marvelous 17th episode, recorded almost 200 years after the actual events occurred, we examine the final months of the “Fourth Coalition” leading up to the “Treaty of Tilsit”. Russian forces, lead by Count von Bennigsen, were crushed by Napoleon’s army at Friedland on June 14, 1807. Three days later Russia asked for a […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 19 Jan 2007

After Napoleon completely crushed the Prussians at Jena-Auerstedt, Europe was in shock. Back home in Paris, some were concerned that Napoleon’s continued success might blind him to opportunities for peace. Meanwhile, Russia’s Czar Alexander had his armies advance on Warsaw, forcing Napoleon to march to meet them. Early in 1807, he fought an extremely bloody […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 83 Minutes 29 Dec 2006

The twin battles of Jena and Auerstedt (older name: Auerstädt) were fought on October 14, 1806 on the plateau west of the river Saale in today’s Germany, between the forces of Napoleon I of France and Frederick William III of Prussia. The decisive defeat suffered by the Prussian army resulted in Prussia’s elimination from the […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 29 Nov 2006

The Battle of Austerlitz (also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors) was a major engagement in the Napoleonic Wars during the War of the Third Coalition. It was fought on December 2, 1805 about four miles (6.4 km) east of the modern Czech town of Brno, then part of the Austrian Empire. The […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 06 Nov 2006

This episode is pretty special – David and I recorded it sitting together, in the same hotel room, same city, same country and, as David likes to point out, on the same day (usually we’re in completely different timezones). As we were both in a strange city (San Francisco) and didn’t have access to our […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 27 Oct 2006

Napoleon crowned himself “Emperor Of The French” (as opposed to “Emperor of France”, an important distinction) on 2 December 1804 at Notre Dame de Paris. In this episode, we discuss in detail the events leading up to the Coronation, the reasons for it, the arguments against it, the actual coronation itself, and the reaction to […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 71 Minutes 20 Sep 2006

After the signing of The Treaty of Luneville in February 1801, France was at peace with every country in Europe. Only Britian stood in the way of a total peace. Listen in as JDM and I discuss some of the key events of the following period: William Pitt had been replaced briefly by Henry Addington […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 11 Aug 2006

In this episode we explore First Consul Bonaparte’s failed attempts to make peace with the Kings of England and Austria after he took power in 1799 and the subsequent French campaign into Italy to regain the territory lost to the Austrians since Napoleon’s original Italian campaign. We also cover: The famous Jacques-Louis David painting of […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 70 Minutes 04 Aug 2006

In 1799, when Napoleon became First Consul of France, he started a series of important domestic reforms which were revolutionary in Europe, many of which survive to this day. In this episode, we depart from Napoleon’s military triumphs and demonstrate a less-appreciated aspect of his career – his genius for domestic affairs. We talk about: […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 07 Jul 2006

When we last left Napoleon he was leaving Egypt in the middle of the night to sail quickly back to a corrupt and floundering Paris. In this episode, we talk about: the corruption of the Directory the various plots to overthrow the Revolutionary Government Napoleon’s failed attempt to legitimately join the Directory to save it […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 90 Minutes 28 Jun 2006

Is it just me or are these shows gradually getting longer? 🙂 When we last left Napoleon, he had concluded the Italian Campaign with the treaty of Campo Formio and was a national hero. In this episode we talk about the Egyptian Campaign of 1798-99: Too soon for his political move in France The invasion […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 23 May 2006

When we last left Napoleon, he had taken the helm of the Army of Italy and was proving his brilliance in matters of strategy and tactics. In this episode we dicuss: The Battle of Lodi The Kellerman incident The Bridge over Arcola The Papal States The Battle of Rivoli The Treaty of Campo Formio Napoleon’s […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 09 May 2006

Napoleon is made Commander-In-Chief of the Army of France in Italy by Paul Barras in March 1796 (one week before he married Josephine). A couple of days later, he leaves to join his new command. In this episode, we talk about: Building a winning army His key team Berthier, Murat The generals he inherited, Massena, […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 01 May 2006

We left Napoleon in late 1795, having broken the back of the Paris insurgency with a “whiff of grapeshot”. For his efforts he was made Commander of the Army of the Interior, the largest armed force in France, with the rank of general de division. He changed his name from Buonaparte to Bonaparte. He […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 30 Mar 2006

Napoleon #003 (mp3 – 18Mb – 50mins) In Episode #3 of Napoleon 101, we pick up where we left last time – Napoleon has just won the Battle of Toulon and is made a Brigadier General. He is 24. This brings us to 1794 and the events of the month of Thermidor (July in […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 24 Feb 2006

Napoleon #002 (mp3 – 16Mb – 46mins) In Episode #2 of Napoleon 101, we start the story of Napoleon’s life with his birth in the town of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean. We then cover: The political environment of Corsica His father Carlo’s relationship with the Corsican revolutionary Paoli Napoleon’s […]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 68 Minutes 07 Feb 2006

Napoleon 101 #001 (mp3 – 24Mb – 68 mins) An Introduction to The Napoleon 101 Podcast from Cameron Reilly on Vimeo. Welcome to the first episode of Napoleon 101! David and I are very excited about creating this show and the rest of the series. For this first episode, we thought we’d start by giving […]. . .

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