Acquaint your students with the real Napoleon, one of the most fascinating and influential figures in history. Seven Broadsheets trace his blazing career from humble Corsican birth, his rise to become the self-proclaimed Emperor of France, to exile, and then return to power. Hands-on newspaper accounts, correspondence, sketches, portraits and letters provide reality to this sweeping saga. Historian: Robert Lacey. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:
- The early years
- Life Under the Directory
- Napoleon Seizes Power
- From Consul to Emperor
- The man and his letters
- Napoleon the Military Genius
- Napoleon the Tyrant
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities
- Earliest surviving portrait of Napoleon, sketch, 1785.
- Note — Napoleon to Gen. Carteaux, Siege of Toulon, 1793.
- Page — Treaty of Campo Formio, Napoleon negotiated, 1797.
- “The Siege of Acre,” 1799 — rare battle sketch by Napoleon.
- The Times, June 1, 1799, reporting setbacks for French forces in Europe. Reports prompted Napoleon’s return from Egypt.
- Coup d’etat of Brumaire, Nov. 1799.
- Stern letter from Napoleon to the French royal family.
- Napoleon becomes Consul for Life, 1802 — voting list from the Prefecture of the Seine.
- “Napoleon becomes Emperor” — sketch by Louis David for painting of coronation of Dec. 2, 1804.
- Leaf of a fan depicting schemes for crossing the Channel to invade and defeat Britain.
- The Legion of Honour — decree bestowing orders on leading artists of Napoleon’s Empire.
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