La Revue Napoléon
La Revue Napoléon. Issue number 1, First quarter 2000: covering January, February, and March 1800. Quarterly. 58 French francs for four issues. (In French)
This year of the bicentenary of Napoleon Bonaparte's coming to power brings many new French Napoleonic magazines. Guy Lecomte has taken up the challenge and has published a new quarterly magazine, La Revue Napoléon, which is only available by subscription. I had chanced to see an advertisement in a French magazine for this new journal. The historical director and writer of many of the articles is Alain Pigeard (Doctor in History). There are also articles by other prestigious authors like Jean Tulard, membre de l'Institut and Jean Tranié. The quality of these historians demonstrates the serious nature of this venture.
The plan of La Revue Napoléon is to follow month by month the events from two hundred years ago. Therefore this first issue deals with events which occurred during the first quarter of 1800. The 2nd issue will deal with events of the second quarter, and so on. The first issue adds the events of 1799 that brought the Napoleon¹s regime, the Consulate, to life (18 Brumaire).
This eighty-six page magazine is very well illustrated. It touches upon many different aspects of the history of this period, from the Garde des consuls to the Bank of France. "Tabloid" items are not forgotten either, with the wedding of Murat and Caroline Bonaparte featured. I find this diversity very interesting. The articles are clearly written, even those dealing with more difficult subjects like the Constitution of the Year VIII.
Here is the list of the articles of the 1st issue:
The La Revue Napoléon is only available by subscription: 58 French francs for a one-year (four quarterly issues) subscription.
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Reviewed by Marc Vanoverschelde
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