The Age of Napoleon Podcast

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The Age of Napoleon is a history podcast about the life and career of Napoleon Bonaparte as well as the general context of Europe between the early eighteenth and early nineteenth century. It is about big trends and the grand sweep of history, as we...Show More

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Episode 35: King of Italy

45:38 | Sep 27th, 2018

Bonaparte returns to Italy after Leoben, and is already coming into his own as a political figure. He is reunited with Josephine, and enjoys an opulent court life at Mombello. We trace Napoleon's development as a statesman as he defies the Directory ...Show More

Episode 34: The Road to Leoben

45:22 | Sep 12th, 2018

The First Italian Campaign reaches its less-than-dramatic conclusion with Napoleon's invasion of Austria. We take a look back on this remarkable period, and assess Napoleon as a strategist.

Episode 33: The Final Effort

37:37 | Aug 24th, 2018

With the Mantua garrison on the brink of starvation, the Austrians under Alvinczy launch one last relief attempt. General Sérurier returns, and General Joubert is given command of a division. Napoleon fights another innovative battle at Rivoli, where...Show More

Episode 32: The Fate of Italy

51:09 | Aug 11th, 2018

Napoleon faces a new opponent, who gives the Army of Italy their toughest fight of the campaign so far. He suffers his first defeats as commander-in-chief. We examine an iconic moment of Napoleon's career: the assault on the bridge at Arcole.Support ...Show More

Episode 31: The Walls of Mantua

45:32 | Jul 30th, 2018

The Army of Italy pushes north to support a French offensive in Germany, but finds Wurmser already back on the march, leading to a major battle at Bassano and a frantic race down from the Alps. Conditions within Mantua worsen. We meet a young, capabl...Show More

Episode 30: Risk and Reward

50:09 | Jul 15th, 2018

The Army of Italy faces off against Field Marshal Wurmser, and finds itself in its toughest fight of the campaign so far. Bonaparte takes some calculated risks to even the odds. One of Napoleon's inner circle suffers a tragic, life-altering wound. Ma...Show More

Episode 29: To the Victor Go the Spoils

52:15 | Jul 3rd, 2018

The Army of Italy beats Beaulieu one last time, then takes a lucrative detour south and confronts the Pope. Napoleon and Josephine are finally reunited. We also meet Napoleon's next opponent, discuss corruption within the army, and take an in-depth l...Show More

Episode 28: The Liberation of Lombardy

48:06 | Jun 19th, 2018

Napoleon finally enters Milan. The French conquest has divided Lombardy-- radicals are eager to follow the example of the revolution, but many others greet their conquerors with hostility and suspicion. Napoleon continues his requisitions and demands...Show More

Episode 27: The Legend of Lodi

56:36 | Jun 4th, 2018

The First Italian Campaign continues. Napoleon outfoxes the Austrians and takes Milan. The Army of Italy fights a famous battle at Lodi, which probably does not deserve its legendary reputation. We also take a look at Napoleon's propaganda machine.

Episode 26: The Promised Land

1:00:20 | May 17th, 2018

We meet some of the leaders of the Army of Italy. The First Italian Campaign begins in dramatic fashion, with two weeks of lightning battles at Montenotte, Millesimo, Dego, Ceva, and Mondovì. Napoleon negotiates with Piedmont, and worries about looti...Show More

Episode 25: Naked and Underfed

48:32 | Apr 27th, 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 gi...Show More

Episode 24: To Destiny

42:01 | Apr 12th, 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.

Epiode 23: Momentum

45:57 | Mar 25th, 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 ...Show More

Episode 22: The Man of Bronze

48:29 | Mar 8th, 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

Episode 21: Down and Out in Paris

42:20 | Feb 23rd, 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, republica...Show More

Episode 20: Thermidor

42:45 | Feb 1st, 2018

An eclectic episode. Napoleon gets out of jail, fights another battle in northern Italy, and comes tantalizingly close to a triumphant return to Corsica. Other topics include: the fall of Robespierre, the Kościuszko Uprising, Thermidorian politics, t...Show More

Episode Nineteen: The Principles of Mountain Warfare

42:52 | Jan 19th, 2018

Napoleon reports for duty with the Army of Italy, which is fighting a tough campaign in the rugged Alps. André Masséna is introduced. Napoleon's plan and Masséna's daring win a victory at Saorgio. Napoleon undertakes an ill-timed mission to Genoa.Map...Show More

Episode Eighteen: Vindication

44:31 | Jan 5th, 2018

Napoleon takes charge as head of artillery for the Army of the Alps, clashes with his incompetent commanders, and finally wins recognition on the battlefield during the Siege of Toulon.

Episode Seventeen: A Nation in Arms

50:18 | Dec 16th, 2017

Napoleon finally reports to the regular army, just as France sinks deeper into chaos. The Jacobins come to power and launch The Reign of Terror. The army continues to transform. Napoleon finally achieves some success writing, and wins some powerful f...Show More

Episode Sixteen: Into the Storm

42:14 | Dec 1st, 2017

SURVEY: https://survey.libsyn.com/ageofnapoleon Napoleon returns to Corsica. The former king is executed; royalists rise up to avenge him. Napoleon fights in his first (real) battle. Paoli breaks with the Bonapartes and with France. Napoleon and his ...Show More

Episode Fifteen: the Mob

37:35 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Napoleon bungles his first test as a National Guard officer and bears witness to the revolution's darkest dayssurvey: survey.libsyn.com/ageofnapoleonPatreon: patreon.com/ageofnapoleon

A Guide to the Infantry of the Napoleonic Era

22:48 | Nov 10th, 2017

A short episode delving into the organization, equipment, and uniforms of Napoleonic foot-soldiers.

Episode Fourteen: The People's Army

39:54 | Oct 28th, 2017

Back on the mainland, 1792 saw the revolution face an existential crisis, which gave birth to a new new kind of army. Topics include Count Guibert and his theory of the citizen-soldier, the Battle of Valmy, and the foundation of the First Republic.

Episode Thirteen: The Coriscan Gracchi

34:40 | Oct 22nd, 2017

The Bonaparte brothers launch their political careers with very mixed success, Paoli returns from exile a changed man, and we take a close look at the crooked, violent world of eighteenth century Corsican electoral campaigning. Also: Joseph Bonaparte...Show More

Episode Twelve: Long Live the Fatherland

48:09 | Oct 12th, 2017

Napoleon is bored in a peacetime army and fills his time with writing and the study of military theory. He returns to Corsica for the first time since childhood. The revolution turns his political beliefs upside down. Also discussed: rich Uncle Lucia...Show More

Episode Eleven: Cadet Paille-au-nez

40:06 | Sep 27th, 2017

Napoleon grows up: surviving military school, coping with the death of his father, and becoming an officer in record time. Also discussed: Bourrienne's problematic 'Memoirs,' Napoleon's love of books, talking to girls, and how the Bonapartes were lik...Show More

Episode Ten: As the Fatherland Was Dying

32:38 | Sep 17th, 2017

the life and death of Carlo Bonaparte, Napoleon's childhood, Napoleon leaves home

Episode Nine: The Iron Soil of Corsica

33:09 | Aug 30th, 2017

Napoleon's roots. Topics include: vendettas, the Corsican War of Independence, Napoleon's hero- Pasquale Paoli, and James Boswell's Corsica cosplay

Bonus Episode: Robespierre

20:36 | Aug 17th, 2017

Topics include: the life and career of Maximilien Robespierre and The Terror

Bonus Episode

32:08 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Bonus Episode by The Age of Napoleon Podcast

Bonus Episode: The 28th Messidor of Matt Christman

30:32 | Jul 17th, 2017

A discussion on Karl Marx's '18 Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte' with podcaster, writer, and Marx enthusiast Matt Christman. Topics include Napoleon III's rise to power and why you are a potato in a sack

Episode Eight: Fracture

47:56 | Jul 4th, 2017

French society begins to fracture as the Revolution goes off the rails. Topics include the first Bastille Day, the Catholic counter-revolution, the émigrés, the rise of radicalism, and revolutionary violence

Episode Seven: The Undesired

50:35 | Jun 13th, 2017

The road to the French Revolution. The Bastille, the Tennis Court Oath, the Women's March on Versailles, the Great Fear, and Lafayette (yes, that Lafayette)

Episode Six: The King's Army

35:55 | May 30th, 2017

Topics include: military life in the 18th century, officer culture, battles, desertion, and the life story and real adventures of the poor man of Toggenburg

Episode 5.5: The Doomed Regime

20:00 | May 25th, 2017

Rounding out the discussion of 18th century France from episode 5. Topics include politics, the economy, diplomacy, and workin' for the King of Prussia

Episode Five: The Setting Sun

42:10 | May 21st, 2017

topics include Louis XIV and his disastrous successors, the people and society of 18th century France, and a dog who became a saint (kind of)

Episode Four: Nemesis

31:58 | May 6th, 2017

Great Britain in the Eighteenth century. Politics, society, and the industrialization (or lack thereof) of the British economy special cameo by Hank the cat

Episode Three: Eastern Ambitions

34:38 | Apr 29th, 2017

Topics include: the Habsburgs, the Holy Roman Empire, Prussia, the wars of Frederick the Great, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and the Ottoman Empire

Episode 2.5: The Advances of Dr. Struensee

13:31 | Apr 22nd, 2017

Bonus mini-episode with a show announcement and a good story about Denmark

Episode Two: Enlightenment and Tyranny

28:43 | Apr 14th, 2017

Topics include: The Enlightenment, absolute monarchy, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands

Episode One: The Basics

22:52 | Mar 31st, 2017

Episode one of a history podcast about the Napoleonic Era