The Napoleonicist

The Napoleonicist

www.thenapoleonicwars.net
An semi-interactive podcast on the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars from ‘the Young Pretender of Napoleonic History’


The Battle of Salamanca: A wasted victory?
Jul 22 • 47 min
On the 208th anniversary of the Battle of Salamanca, I explore the events surrounding that crucial event and explore the real legacy of a battle which was arguably one of Wellington’s best fought actions.
Cartoons of Conquest: British caricatures and popular interest in the Peninsular War
Jul 8 • 44 min
I explore the rich and beautiful world of caricatures produced in Britain during the Peninsular War, exploring their creation, appeal and what they reveal about popular attitudes towards the conflict.
Waterloo Remembered: Thank yous & credits
Jun 19 • 11 min
I pay my dues to all the amazing people who have made Waterloo Remembered happen. ❤️
Voices from the Battlefield: 41 - Wellington
Jun 18 • 4 min
The Duke of Wellington’s letter to Lord Aberdeen informing him of Alexander Gordon’s death.
Voices from the Battlefield: 40 - Charles Bell
Jun 18 • 11 min
Surgeon Sir Charles Bell, on the aftermath of the battle of Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield: 39 - Cavalier Mercer
Jun 18 • 12 min
Artillery officer cavalier Mercer describing his experiences at Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield: 38 - Major George Baring
Jun 18 • 5 min
Major George Baring on the defence of La Haye Sainte by the KGL
Voices from the Battlefield: 37 - Grouchy
Jun 18 • 5 min
Grouchy’s report on his actions during the Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield: 36 - Clausewitz
Jun 18 • 7 min
Carl Von Clausewitz, who fought at Wavre
Voices from the Battlefield: 35 - Epoliques de Moduis
Jun 18 • 7 min
Voices from the Battlefield: 34 - Jacques Francois Martin
Jun 18 • 9 min
Lieutenant Jacques Francois Martin who was in D’Erlon’s corps at Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield: 33 - Major Busgen
Jun 18 • 6 min
Major Busgen of the Nassau regiment. One of the defenders of Hougoumont.
Waterloo Remembered: Roll of Honour
Jun 18 • 28 min
Marking the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Marcus Cribb and I read 205 names of those killed at Waterloo, drawn from the British, King’s German Legion, Prussian and French armies.
Voices from the Battlefield: 32 - Civilians
Jun 18 • 7 min
A selection of accounts showing the experience of civilians during the Waterloo campaign
Voices from the Battlefield: 31 - Wellington
Jun 18 • 16 min
The Duke of Wellington’s Waterloo Despatch
Voices from the Battlefield 30 - French poem
Jun 17 • 9 min
French poem about Waterloo read by Catriona Seth
Voices from the Battlefield 29 - Thomas Jeremiah
Jun 17 • 18 min
Royal Welch Fusilier Private Thomas Jeremiah’s account of Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 28 - Edward Cochrane Frith
Jun 17 • 8 min
Edward Cochrane Firth’s account of Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 27 - George Levan
Jun 17 • 8 min
Chaplain George Levan and his impact in supporting soldiers after the Waterloo campaign
Voices from the Battlefield 26 - The Prince of Orange
Jun 17 • 12 min
William Prince of Orange’s letter to his parents written immediately after Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 25 - Frances Burnet
Jun 17 • 10 min
Frances Burnet’s account of the civilian experience in Brussels during the Waterloo campaign
Voices from the Battlefield 24 - Edward Cotton
Jun 17 • 9 min
Edward Cotton, who fought at Waterloo and later became a battlefield guide.
Voices from the Battlefield 23 - Frederick Lindau
Jun 17 • 4 min
KGL soldier Frederick Lindau’s account of the defence of La Hate Sainte at Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 22 - Jonathan Leach
Jun 17 • 23 min
Rifle officer Jonathan Leach’s account of Waterloo
Waterloo Remembered Day 13: Winning the Peace?
Jun 17 • 64 min
I speak to Beatrice De Graaf and Jacqueline Reiter about the aftermath of Waterloo and it’s political and cultural legacy.
Voices from the Battlefield 21 - Miguel Alava
Jun 17 • 10 min
Miguel Alava relates his perspective on the Battle of Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 20 - Ross Lewin
Jun 16 • 6 min
Ross Lewin’s account of the Waterloo campaign
Voices from the Battlefield 19 - Prussian Voices
Jun 16 • 7 min
Blucher and an anonymous Prussian officer relate their immediate reactions to the Waterloo campaign
Voices from the Battlefield 18 - Captain Robineau
Jun 16 • 6 min
French Captain Robineau’s account of the Waterloo campaign
Voices from the Battlefield 17 - Lady De Lancey
Jun 16 • 13 min
Lady De Lancey relating the death of her husband following his wounds at Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 16 - Private O’Neill
Jun 16 • 10 min
Private O’Neill’s account of the Waterloo campaign
Voices from the Battlefield 15 - Coignet
Jun 16 • 3 min
French Captain Courtney’s account of Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 14 - James Anton
Jun 16 • 16 min
James Anton’s account of Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 13 - George Simmons
Jun 16 • 2 min
Rifle officer George Simmons’s account of Waterloo
Voices from the Battlefield 12 - Anonymous British soldier
Jun 16 • 5 min
An anonymous account from a soldier in the British 42nd regiment
Voices from the Battlefield 11 - John Scott
Jun 16 • 7 min
Triangle player John Scott’s account of the Waterloo campaign
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 10 - Carl Jacobi
Jun 15 • 10 min
Carl Jacobi’s account of Waterloo
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 9 - Marshal Ney
Jun 15 • 12 min
Marshal Ney defending his actions throughout the Waterloo campaign. Due to technical issues this extract had to be read by Zack White, rather than the intended reader.
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 8 - Anonymous French source
Jun 15 • 7 min
Due to technical issues, this extract had to be read by Zack White, rather than the planned speaker. It comes from an anonymous French account dated simply Paris, 20th June
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 7 - Henry Bradford
Jun 15 • 6 min
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 6 - John Kincaid
Jun 15 • 2 min
Rifle officer John Kincaid’s account of the Battle of Waterloo
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 4 - 12 Light Dragoons
Jun 15 • 6 min
Two extracts relating different perspectives of the experience of one unit, the British 12 Light Dragoons at Waterloo
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 3 William Lawrence
Jun 15 • 12 min
British soldier William Lawrence on Waterloo, taken from his dictated biography.
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 2 Juana Smith
Jun 15 • 5 min
Juana Smith, wife of rifle officer Harry Smith, searching for her husband after the battle
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 1 - Thomas Creevey
Jun 15 • 9 min
Thomas Creevey speaks to Wellington before and after Waterloo
Waterloo Remembered Day 11: The Mechanics of War & Command at Waterloo
Jun 15 • 80 min
In the penultimate interview of the series, Will Fletcher joins me to discuss the command styles of Napoleon, Blucher and Wellington, and the role of staff officers in the outcome of the campaign.
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 5 - Victor Hugo
Jun 14 • 4 min
A reading of Victor Hugo’s account of the attack on Hougoumont, in Les Miserables.
Waterloo Remembered Day 10: Mythbusting Waterloo
Jun 14 • 63 min
Historians Gareth Glover and Andrew Field join me to explode some of the most popular myths about the battle and the wider Waterloo campaign. What do we think we know that never happened? Could Napoleon ever have won? Was Waterloo irrelevant? All this and…
Waterloo Remembered: Day 9 - Waterloo: The Forgotten Battle?
Jun 13 • 59 min
I speak to Marcus Cribb (manager of Apsley House) and Rob Pocock (manager of Campaigns and Culture battlefield tour company) about museums, monuments and memory when it comes to Waterloo, exploring what we tend to forget about the battle.
Waterloo Remembered Day 8: Why does Waterloo matter?
Jun 12 • 14 min
In a shorter episode today, I offer some thoughts on why Waterloo remains important, (as well as roasting myself!) in order to kick-start a wider discussion online. Remember to get involved on twitter, or at www.thenapoleonicwars.net/forum
Waterloo Remembered Day 7: Turning Fact into Fiction
Jun 11 • 78 min
In this installment I speak to Lynn Bryant, author of the Peninsular War saga novels about the challenges and joys of writing novels set in this period.
Waterloo Remembered Day 6: Scratching the Surface - Waterloo Uncovered
Jun 10 • 59 min
In a poignant and humbling interview, I speak to archaeologist Dr Stuart Eve and UK armed forces veteran Ben Mead, both from the charity Waterloo Uncovered, which aims to provide rehabilitation to veterans by involving them in archaeological digs on the…
Waterloo Remembered: Day 5 - A Soldiers Life for Me?
Jun 9 • 82 min
Today I speak to Prof Ed Coss about life for soldiers during this period, what motivated them, how they coped in battle, and why they joined the army in the first place.
Waterloo Remembered Day 4: Forgotten Foreign Forces - Prussia
Jun 8 • 48 min
In the final installment of the Forgotten Foreign Forces triple bill, I speak to Vanya Bellinger about the vital role that Prussia played in the Waterloo campaign, and why their involvement has often been downplayed.
Waterloo Remembered Day 3: Forgotten Foreign Forces - Spain
Jun 7 • 37 min
In the second interview in a triple bill on some of the Forgotten Foreign Forces that were involved in the War of the Seventh Coalition, I speak to Prof. Alicia Laspra about Spain during the conflict, the way in which Spain was forgotten by other European…
Waterloo Remembered Day 2: Forgotten Foreign Forces - The King’s German Legion
Jun 6 • 66 min
In the first of a triple bill of interviews on forgotten foreign forces from the Waterloo campaign, I speak to Hailey Stewart from the University of North Texas on the role that the King’s German Legion and Brunswick troops played. Part of the…
Waterloo: What’s the real story?
Jun 5 • 36 min
#WaterlooRemembered Day 1. As the fortnight of commemorations kicks off, I look at the what happened in the Waterloo campaign, and point out some key areas of debate, setting the scene for the interviews that are coming over the next fortnight. Remember…
Where did it all go wrong?: The early escalation of the French Revolution
May 20 • 24 min
I explore the origins of the French Revolution, and how the French government descended into chaos, as well as making a special announcement about Waterloo Remembered.
Wellington’s Unknown Warriors: The Life, Death & Reburial of the Bones of Burgos
May 1 • 41 min
Showing that dead men do actually tell tales, this podcast explains the significance of the discovery of the remains of six soldiers killed at the siege of Burgos during the Peninsular War, and the efforts to see these men’s remains analysed and given the…
The Curious Case of Badajoz: The aftermath of British sieges in the Peninsular War
Apr 15 • 29 min
I explore one of the more controversial topics of the Peninsular War, as I examine the looting, murder and rape which British soldiers committed after each of the major sieges of the conflict.
Bonus Episode: Plunder, Provost & Punishment - Discipline under Wellington
Apr 8 • 11 min
In a surprise addition to the schedule, I talk a little about my current research on crime and punishment in the British Army at the start of the nineteenth century.
1. What’s with the name: Rebranding the Napoleonic Wars
Apr 1 • 23 min
I explore some of the alternatives to calling the conflict ‘The Napoleonic Wars’.
The Napoleonicist: The Trailer!
Mar 11 • 8 min
Ahead of the launch of the first proper episode in April 2020, I outline what the deal is with this new podcast on the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era.