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Historian Andrew Roberts questions if Napoleon really was a short, uncouth, villainous, Corsican upstart, as portrayed during his lifetime by British caricaturists.

Napoleon was savaged by British caricaturists during his lifetime. They loved to portray him as 'little Boney' - a short, uncouth, villainous, Corsican upstart. In this programme, historian Andrew Roberts dispels some of those myths.

Recorded partly on location in Paris, Roberts visits Napoleon's tomb and the Foundation Napoleon, where the Emperor's huge correspondence is kept.

Far from the short bully of contemporary propaganda, Andrew Roberts suggests Napoleon was charming, learned, a gifted military tactician - and of average height.

Produced by Victoria Ferran and Susan Marling
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.

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Mon 15 Jun 2015 13:45

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