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The imperial gardener: at home with Napoleon
by Ruth Scurr
About this EXP
Ruth Scurr, lecturer at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, talks about Napoleon’s life.
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Key point 1
I’ve tried to understand Napoleon as a real person, as somebody who interacted with other people and with the natural world.
Key point 2
Once he’s in power and he has the opportunity to think about urban planning, Napoleon is preoccupied with trying to have green spaces at the centre of the cities he has conquered.
Key point 3
The fascination of Napoleon’s life is the extraordinary trajectory from gardening in Corsica, to being an emperor and then to being an exile, finding solace in trying to make one last garden.
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