Talk: Napoleon led by Monique Glass

Event details

  • January 15, 2019
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Hughes Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl. Greenville, 29601
  • 864-244-1499

 View Map  Cost: Free

Talk: Napoleon


Monique Glass was born and educated in Paris, France and attended universities in Glasgow, Scotland and Pittsburgh. She is president of the local chapter of the Alliance Francaise, co-founder and board member of the International Center of the Upstate, now Upstate International, founder of the local International Women’s Club, past officer of the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters, and retired teacher, having taught for 10 years at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

Passionate in her love of her native country, she was awarded the honorary title of “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques” by the French Government for significant contributions to the promotion of the French language and culture.

Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the small island of Corsica in 1769. The island was purchased by France only a year prior, so it was by good fortune that Napoleon would officially be born a Frenchman. As a result of this, Napoleon was able to study in French schools and eventually attend a French military academy where he would learn his trade of being a soldier. It would be the Revolution in France in 1789 that would change everything for young Napoleon.

Due to this massive upheaval of the French population who were in want of change and Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, Napoleon was able to rise through the ranks due to his own merit and brilliance on the battlefield. It was due to these revolutionary ideas that Napoleon was able to rise to power in France and spread the great ideas of revolution across the boarders of Europe and create a the Europe that we know today.

Napoleon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821)

1769 – (Aug 15) born in Corsica

1779-1784 – Attends French military schools at Autun, Brienne and Ecole Militaire

1789 – (July 14th) French Revolution begins (age 20)

1793-94 – Siege of Toulon and is made a General (age 24)

1796-97 – Commander of the Army of Italy and first Italian campaign

1798-99 – Egyptian Campaign

1799 – (Nov 9) Coup d’Etat. becomes First Consul (age 30)

1804 – (Dec 2) becomes Emperor of the French (age 35)

1805-1815 – European Wars against England, Russia, Prussia, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Sweden.

1814 – (May 4) exiled to Elba

1815 – (Mar 1) escapes Elba and begins “Hundred Days” Campaign

1815 – (June 18) defeated at the Battle of Waterloo

1815 – (Oct 16) exiled to Saint Helena

1821 – (May 5) Dies on island of Saint Helena (age 52)

From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.

The word impossible is not French.

What then is, generally speaking, the truth of history? A fable agreed upon.

History is the version of past events its people have decided to agree upon.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.

Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts (2014)
I consider this to be the best recent biography on Napoleon. Andrew Roberts’s mammoth biography of Bonaparte endeavors to examine his life in full, balancing the different aspects of his character and history that have made him such a compelling figure in the nearly 200 years since his death. The Guardian’s review referred to it as “a view – essentially positive – from inside the imperial entourage,” and praised its pacing and its continued relevance to the present political moment.

The Age of Napoleon
by Alistair Horne (2004)
One of my favorite authors! Alistair makes a great concise account of Napoleon’s life without a long read. 

Napoleon by Vincent Cronin (1971)
A fantastic unbiased account of Napoleon’s life.

The Campaigns of Napoleon by David Chandler (1966.)
The best accounts of Napoleon’s campaigns in the English language.

Napoleon by Emil Ludwig (1954)
The first biography I read on Napoleon, and I absolutely loved it!