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Napoleon 101 Podcast

Napoleon 101 Podcast

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1 Hr. 13 Min.
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  4.3  Stars Based on 11 ratings
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Set up like a college course, the Napoleon 101 podcast is a valuable introduction to the life and exploits of Napoleon Bonaparte. Hosts David Markham and Cameron Reilly bring to the table a lifelong fascination with France's legendary 17th century leader, imparting the nitty gritty details of his life with rare enthusiasm. With this indepth overview you can finally learn who Napoleon was, what he tried to do, what he accomplished and why his character has fascinated historians for almost 200 years.

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Reviewer khanyo
 June 07, 2012
Thanks Cameron for this useful exploration of the extraordinary life of Napoleon. I have really been looking far and wide for interesting listening on Napoleon and could not find anything that compares to your podcast.
The show is definitely "rescued" by Cameron from becoming a sterile apology for Napoleon, which is would be if Markam had his way. The murder of 1000's of Muslims after surrendering in the Lavant during the Egypt campaign is a good example of Cameron bringing some objectivity. Markam sadly and illogically justifies this crime.

I am at episode 22 now, and will definitely continue through to the end.

great podcast while working at the studio
Reviewer iameggnest
 November 16, 2010
Im really enjoying this podcast of Napoleon. You guys are awesome, and funny! I listen to it while I draw or paint and its inspiring and informative at the same time. Thank you!

- Ernest from Brooklyn, NY

Napoléon 101
Reviewer DanielSZ
 January 21, 2010

The Bad
The audio level is extremely variable due to bad miking and post-process engineering, it is an amateurish production.
Markam, a blow hard, just can't shut up, usually interrupting guests, e.g., he challenged Sorbonne educated Dr. Philip Dwyer whose Volume 1 of two planned in a Napoléon biography is now in print, on virtually every statement.

Markam is not currently employed as an educator and brags about his drinking ("medicine") on almost every episode.
Markam comes across as a jerk --saying "write that down to Cameron" as if he were armless. Markam: a totally unlikable very thin-skinned guy!

The good
I listened to all 54 episodes, quite a few several times, because their off the topic digressions made it difficult to make sense of things.
It did spark my interest in Napoléon and I have started reading about him, Englund first followed by Dwyer I and II (when it is available).
Cameron comes across as a much nicer guy and to my way of thinking is the glue which holds the series together. He seems always prepared and quotes from other sources, although he must put up with a complaint for doing so from the author of "Napoleon for Dummies" (read Markam). Cameron is the person who developed my interest.

The ugly
I posted essentially these comments on their site and they purged them.
Listen to this series, put up with it, then definitely get an informed second opinion, by reading a reliable source.
There is way too much opinion presented as historical fact and what if games and LOTS of factual error caused by a presenter who thinks that drinking and history go together.
Markam is especially close minded about Napoléon and will tolerate no statment which doesn't portray Napoléon as a combined Saint and Genius.

Too much gushing.....
Reviewer CalPatrick
 January 02, 2010
I had to quit after a couple of pod casts. The hosts meander quite a bit and can't seem to get to the point. They also spend a lot of time gushing about their love of Napoleon. A little more preparation, a little more discipline and a little less time spent on Napoleon worship might make this a great deal better.

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  • How To Register For The Premium Episodes
    Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast was one of the first history podcast series ever produced. Over 4 years (2006 – 2009) we produced 59 episodes incorporating 100+ hours of content that spans the life and career of one of history’s most fascinating characters. If you enjoy the show and want to listen to the last 40 […]

  • Check Out The Caesar Show
    Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Here’s a plug for the Life Of Caesar podcast, hosted by Cameron and Ray Harris. It’s been going since Dec ’13, has about 80,000 listeners and ranks in the Top 100 podcasts in the USA, UK, AUS and CAN, so check it out!

  • David Markham on Australias ABC Radio
    Fri, Mar 12, 2010

    Our own J. David Markham was recently interviewed on Australian radio regarding a lock of Napoleon’s hair recently found in Sydney’s town hall. Listen to David’s interview here!

  • Markham And Reilly The Premium Edition Survey
    Tue, Sep 11, 2007

    download the show As our regular listeners know, for some time now David and I have been thinking about doing a new podcast series in addition to the current Napoleon 101 series. One of the challenges we have with producing a new series, however, is time. Although David has recently retired from full-time teaching, […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #19 The Peninsula War (Part One)
    Thu, Apr 12, 2007

    After the Battle Of Trafalgar (1805), the relationship between Spain (which had previously declared war on France in 1793 and then an alliance in 1795) and France soured. In 1807, Spain was in turmoil, due to infighting between their disinterested Bourbon king Charles IV, his son Ferdinand and the Spanish Prime Minister (also the not-so-secret […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #18 The Battle Of Trafalgar
    Fri, Mar 23, 2007

    Welcome to the tragic Episode 18 of the Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast here on The Podcast Network. Once again, David and I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful feedback and comments we have received since the last episode. We both really appreciate it and it’s added motivation to keep producing the show although, as […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #17 The Battle of Friedland and the Treaty of Tilsit
    Tue, Feb 20, 2007

    On this marvelous 17th episode, recorded almost 200 years after the actual events occurred, we examine the final months of the “Fourth Coalition” leading up to the “Treaty of Tilsit”. Russian forces, lead by Count von Bennigsen, were crushed by Napoleon’s army at Friedland on June 14, 1807. Three days later Russia asked for a […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #16 Eylau, Poland and Maria Walewska
    Fri, Jan 19, 2007

    After Napoleon completely crushed the Prussians at Jena-Auerstedt, Europe was in shock. Back home in Paris, some were concerned that Napoleon’s continued success might blind him to opportunities for peace. Meanwhile, Russia’s Czar Alexander had his armies advance on Warsaw, forcing Napoleon to march to meet them. Early in 1807, he fought an extremely bloody […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #15 The Battle of Jena-Auerstedt
    Fri, Dec 29, 2006

    The twin battles of Jena and Auerstedt (older name: Auerstädt) were fought on October 14, 1806 on the plateau west of the river Saale in today’s Germany, between the forces of Napoleon I of France and Frederick William III of Prussia. The decisive defeat suffered by the Prussian army resulted in Prussia’s elimination from the […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Show #14 The Sun of Austerlitz
    Wed, Nov 29, 2006

    The Battle of Austerlitz (also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors) was a major engagement in the Napoleonic Wars during the War of the Third Coalition. It was fought on December 2, 1805 about four miles (6.4 km) east of the modern Czech town of Brno, then part of the Austrian Empire. The […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #13 The War of the Third Coalition
    Mon, Nov 06, 2006

    This episode is pretty special – David and I recorded it sitting together, in the same hotel room, same city, same country and, as David likes to point out, on the same day (usually we’re in completely different timezones). As we were both in a strange city (San Francisco) and didn’t have access to our […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #12 Emperor of the French
    Fri, Oct 27, 2006

    Napoleon crowned himself “Emperor Of The French” (as opposed to “Emperor of France”, an important distinction) on 2 December 1804 at Notre Dame de Paris. In this episode, we discuss in detail the events leading up to the Coronation, the reasons for it, the arguments against it, the actual coronation itself, and the reaction to […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #11 Peace With Britian
    Wed, Sep 20, 2006

    After the signing of The Treaty of Luneville in February 1801, France was at peace with every country in Europe. Only Britian stood in the way of a total peace. Listen in as JDM and I discuss some of the key events of the following period: William Pitt had been replaced briefly by Henry Addington […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #10 The Battle of Marengo
    Fri, Aug 11, 2006

    In this episode we explore First Consul Bonaparte’s failed attempts to make peace with the Kings of England and Austria after he took power in 1799 and the subsequent French campaign into Italy to regain the territory lost to the Austrians since Napoleon’s original Italian campaign. We also cover: The famous Jacques-Louis David painting of […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #9 Domestic Affairs
    Fri, Aug 04, 2006

    In 1799, when Napoleon became First Consul of France, he started a series of important domestic reforms which were revolutionary in Europe, many of which survive to this day. In this episode, we depart from Napoleon’s military triumphs and demonstrate a less-appreciated aspect of his career – his genius for domestic affairs. We talk about: […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #8 The Coup of 18 Brumaire
    Fri, Jul 07, 2006

    When we last left Napoleon he was leaving Egypt in the middle of the night to sail quickly back to a corrupt and floundering Paris. In this episode, we talk about: the corruption of the Directory the various plots to overthrow the Revolutionary Government Napoleon’s failed attempt to legitimately join the Directory to save it […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #7 The Egyptian Campaign
    Wed, Jun 28, 2006

    Is it just me or are these shows gradually getting longer? 🙂 When we last left Napoleon, he had concluded the Italian Campaign with the treaty of Campo Formio and was a national hero. In this episode we talk about the Egyptian Campaign of 1798-99: Too soon for his political move in France The invasion […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #6 The Army of Italy (part two)
    Tue, May 23, 2006

    When we last left Napoleon, he had taken the helm of the Army of Italy and was proving his brilliance in matters of strategy and tactics. In this episode we dicuss: The Battle of Lodi The Kellerman incident The Bridge over Arcola The Papal States The Battle of Rivoli The Treaty of Campo Formio Napoleon’s […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #5 The Army of Italy (part one)
    Tue, May 09, 2006

    Napoleon is made Commander-In-Chief of the Army of France in Italy by Paul Barras in March 1796 (one week before he married Josephine). A couple of days later, he leaves to join his new command. In this episode, we talk about: Building a winning army His key team Berthier, Murat The generals he inherited, Massena, […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #004 Enter Josephine
    Mon, May 01, 2006

      We left Napoleon in late 1795, having broken the back of the Paris insurgency with a “whiff of grapeshot”. For his efforts he was made Commander of the Army of the Interior, the largest armed force in France, with the rank of general de division. He changed his name from Buonaparte to Bonaparte. He […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #003 Thermidor and A Whiff of Grapeshot!
    Thu, Mar 30, 2006

    Napoleon #003 (mp3 – 18Mb – 50mins)   In Episode #3 of Napoleon 101, we pick up where we left last time – Napoleon has just won the Battle of Toulon and is made a Brigadier General. He is 24. This brings us to 1794 and the events of the month of Thermidor (July in […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #002 Early life and military career
    Fri, Feb 24, 2006

    Napoleon #002 (mp3 – 16Mb – 46mins)   In Episode #2 of Napoleon 101, we start the story of Napoleon’s life with his birth in the town of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean. We then cover: The political environment of Corsica His father Carlo’s relationship with the Corsican revolutionary Paoli Napoleon’s […]

  • The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #001 An Introduction to Napoleon Bonaparte
    Tue, Feb 07, 2006

    Napoleon 101 #001 (mp3 – 24Mb – 68 mins) An Introduction to The Napoleon 101 Podcast from Cameron Reilly on Vimeo. Welcome to the first episode of Napoleon 101! David and I are very excited about creating this show and the rest of the series. For this first episode, we thought we’d start by giving […]

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    • Published: 2002
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