Napoleon – Beyond the Film

Wed 13 Dec
Books & Ideas

Napoleon – the film, the man, the myth, the historical figure – is a much talked-about topic these days!

Join Oxford University’s Professor Michael Broers, who was a historical consultant on Ridley Scott’s film, for a special conversation with Dr Laura O’Brien on the representations of Napoleon in Ridley Scott’s film, as well as the historical accuracy and Napoleon’s legacy.

About our guests


Michael Broers is Emeritus Professor of Western European History at the University of Oxford. His The Napoleonic Empire in Italy, 1796-1814. Cultural Imperialism in a European Context? (Palgrave, 2005) won the Prix Napoléon of the Fondation Napoléon; he was a Visiting Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2003. In 2011-13, he held a Major Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the project ‘Napoleonic Civilisation’. He recently completed a three volume life of Napoleon for Pegasus Books NYC/Faber & Faber, London, the final volume of which was voted a Kirkus best biography of 2022. In 2021 he was elected a socio-corrispondente of the Deputazione Subalpina di Storia Patria.


Dr Laura O’Brien joined Northumbria in September 2015, having previously taught at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the University of Sunderland. She completed her PhD at University College Dublin, where she held an Irish Research Council ‘Government of Ireland’ Postgraduate Scholarship, and was a doctoral fellow at the UCD Humanities Institute. Between 2010 and 2013 Laura was an Irish Research Council/Marie Curie Actions COFUND Fellow, based at Trinity College Dublin and the Centre de recherches en histoire du XIXe siècle, Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).



  • Image: Napoleon Crossing the Alps by Jacques-Louis David