The Bath Festival: Napoleon: A Life in Garden and Shadows

20 May 2021
20 May 2021

Historian, award-winning biographer and literary critic, Ruth Scurr’s new book is a revelatory portrait of Napoleon, written to mark the 200th anniversary of his death, showing him as both an emperor hunting for glory and an old man in a straw hat, leaning on his spade.

She talks to Caroline Sanderson about his love of nature and the gardens which gave his revolutionary life its light and shade, Napoleon’s gardens range from his childhood olive groves in Corsica, to Josephine’s gardens and menageries in Paris, to the walled garden of Hougoumont at the battle of Waterloo, and ultimately to his final garden in exile on St Helena. Come and gain fascinating insight into the domineering world leader’s peaceful pastime.