Glory, Infamy, Rivalry, and Treachery: Napoleon and his Marshals

Matthew Groves

West Midlands
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Paid: £50 plus travel expenses
18th September 2019
Napoleonic Wars | Napoleon | 1800S | History

The names of Napoleon's 26 Marshals of France are enshrined in the annals of Military History, names like Soult, Ney, Massena, and Davout. Many of these men had humble origins, from low ranking soldiers, to sons of bakers and coopers, Massena was even a smuggler. But through the chaos of the French Revolution and the subsequent over two decades of war, they all rose to the highest positions in French society. This talk will delve into the careers of Napoleon's Marshals, their achievements, their quarrels and their fates. It will explore the Marshal's relationships with Napoleon himself, their mutiny in 1814, and how some Marshals received their batons through talent, and others through their connection with the Emperor. The glory, the infamy, the treachery, the jealousy, the saga of Napoleon's Marshals is a fascinating topic.

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About Matthew Groves

I am a graduate of the University of Kent with an array of talks on multiple stimulating topics, with more coming in the near future! My period of focus mostly centres on the British and European history during the long 18th century. I have a particular interest in the Napoleonic Wars and the Napoleonic Empire. I hold a Upper Second Class Honours degree in History from the University of Kent.

My talks are include powerpoint presentations with illustrations and visual aids. Equipment I need for my talks therefore are a projector, screen, and a table.

For each talk I typically charge a fee of £50 (I may charge more for groups of over 40 and also for travel expenses depending on the distance), and I aim for them to last around an hour. I am normally able to be very flexible with my time, so if you'd like me to give a talk either in the day or the evening then I am sure I can accommodate!

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