Napoleon: A Life in Garden and Shadows

Thursday 20 May 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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Historian, award-winning biographer and literary critic, Ruth Scurr’s new book is a revelatory portrait of Napoleon, written to mark the 200th anniversary of his death, showing him as both an emperor hunting for glory and an old man in a straw hat, leaning on his spade.

She talks to Caroline Sanderson about his love of nature and the gardens which gave his revolutionary life its light and shade, Napoleon’s gardens range from his childhood olive groves in Corsica, to Josephine’s gardens and menageries in Paris, to the walled garden of Hougoumont at the battle of Waterloo, and ultimately to his final garden in exile on St Helena. Come and gain fascinating insight into the domineering world leader’s peaceful pastime.

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Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

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Napoleon: A Life in Gardens & Shadows by Ruth Scurr

Photo credit: Belinda Lawley


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