Blackening Buonaparte: the invention of Napoleon the murderous despot 1797-1803

Tim Clayton

Blackening Buonaparte: the invention of Napoleon the murderous despot 1797-1803

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

from 6:00pm

£3

When Napoleon – or Buonaparte as he was then known – first impinged on the British consciousness he was generally regarded as a hero: the liberator of Italy from Papish superstition and foreign domination. However, within a few years writers and artists in British government pay invented a new persona for him as a diminutive megalomaniac, a murderous, scheming Jacobin bent on military despotism and eternal war.

Tim Clayton will talk about some of the designers of British propaganda and consider some of their more amusing products, and throw open the question of who was the real aggressor in the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.


The Lit & Phil
23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1SE