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We Suggest: "Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth" at the Boswell Book Festival

Saturday 11 May 18:30-20:00


  • Napoleon Event Flyer


Adam Zamoyski is an acclaimed historian of European history with a singular command of languages. He has written a best selling history of Poland, as well as books of military history and biography. We recommend you attend his presentation of Napoleon: The Man behind the Myth (William Collins, 2018) at the Boswell Book Festival, which sheds new light on one of France’s most influential and infamous military and political figures.

Hailed as an "out and out masterpiece", Adam Zamoyski’s biography, Napoleon, is the first written in English to rely on original European sources. His unadorned portrait, stripped of historical myth and propaganda, reveals Napoleon the man – as a brilliant young artillery officer, as a Corsican patriot, as a reader of great works (including those of James Boswell, whose name the book festival bears), and as a victorious general and burgeoning autocrat. But it also shows him as a healer of a divided French nation, a modernising statesman, an admirer of the arts and sciences, as well as lover and loving husband – and ultimately as the creator of his own catastrophic downfall.

Event details

Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth
Adam Zamoyski at the Boswell Book Festival
Saturday, 11 May 2019 | 6.30 pm
In ENGLISH | £9 (£7 concession, £5 IFE Member)
Booking Information Below
Zamoyski will be delighted to sign copies of his book immediately after the event

The Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House
Cumnock
Ayrshire KA18 2NJ

About the Boswell Book Festival (10-12 May 2019)
The Boswell Book Festival is the world’s only festival of biography and memoir, named after the great Scottish Enlightenment writer James Boswell. Held at the historic Dumfries House, it is "a great example of an event that mixes Scottish history and tradition, with contemporary culture and an iconic setting to create something really special for visitors" (Event Scotland).

For full festival and event details, see the programme and flyer attached below.

Booking Information
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Special Offer for Institut Members
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Image: Napoleon Crossing the Alps, Jacques-Louis David (1801)

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Boswell Book Festival 2019 Programme
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Napoleon Event Flyer
Institut Français Écosse 2019