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I am trying to write a TV series based on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. Do you have any advice? - Question/Answer Now Playing


I am trying to write a TV series based on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. Do you have any advice?

Feb 21, 2011

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Temujin wrote
at Mar 12, 2011 - 11:32 AM
I appreciate my comment isn't quite in the vein of the question or Robert's response but some thoughts sprung to my mind about what can you possibly find to say that's fresh about this man. After all like Henry the bloody 8th so much has been pontificated about him.

Try the British Museum library in London. if you can show that no other source has provided you with your research material they will allow bona fide researches to go down down down into the vaults and poke around. Tons of stuff lies buried there.

Some time ago on British tv - possibly by BBC - I saw an excellent drama which focussed on Bonaparte's period of exile on St Helena and his tender relationship with the young daughter of the British commanding officer on the island. It made me think deeply about Bonaparte the inner man at a time when he had much time and opportunity to reflect. St helena is a very very desolate place after all and his life then was hopeless.
It reminds me now of America's propensity to be long vindictive to its philosophical enemies. Certainly Britain (largely controlled by the English Aristocratic class - as it is today! - in my view sought vengeance on this common little man for his challenges to 'order' created by British colonialism (ugh I hate that word.)
Try searching the BBC radio archives for progs about this context.
Other things spring to my mind. There was a ditty children in Britain used to sing about Bonaparte - his nickname was Boney. The song was "Boney was a Warrior" - I think the point was that he was respected as a warrior and that was unusual from an English perspective ie to pay some respect to someone who was vilified by the English aristocracy. At the time the British military was renewing itself after the awful reputation derived from the Crimean War legacy -"Lions led by Donkeys".
Bon chance
ps Just like Genghis Khan is forever a hero in Mongolia, Bonaparte will forever be a hero to Mother France.

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