The Bonaparte Family, Part I: From Corsicans to Court
September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Bonaparte family played a powerful role in Napoleon’s life from their obscure Corsican origins to their ascension to thrones throughout Europe. This series of talks will introduce participants to the colorful characters in Napoleon’s family, while placing them in the context of his ambitious but disastrous imperial project. Focus in this session will be placed on the Corsican origins of the Bonaparte family and their early years in France, and the cooperation and rivalry between brothers Joseph, Lucien, and Napoleon Bonaparte during the French Revolutionary and Republican periods. Filled with colorful anecdotes, these talks will entertain while highlighting how understanding the Bonaparte Family helps us interpret Napoleon’s legacy.
Making the “Buonapartes” French: The Rise of a Family
Rivalry of Peers: The Bonaparte Brothers from Republicanism to Rule
Concluding Discussion: Nobles or Parvenus? The Bonapartes in Context
TIME & COST
September 28, 2017; 9:00am-12:30pm. Registration is $55 for one event, or $100 for both Thursdays at the Friday Center events. Call 919-962-1544 to register, or register online.