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Who Was Napoleon And Why Is He Famous?

History can be inspiring and horrifying. This holds true for Napoleon Bonaparte. His name has gone down in history as one of the greatest conquerors of all time. As we talk about him, we will also be taking a look at Joaquin Phoenix’s new movie based on the prominent figure of the French Revolution. 

Napoleon certainly left a long-lasting political and cultural legacy. So let’s dive into his life and ambitions to know how he secured his name in the pages of history. 

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Who Was Napoleon Bonaparte?

Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon was a French military commander and political leader. He is most prominently known for conquering almost all of Europe. The man is considered one of the greatest military commanders.

The French Emperor was born in Corsica. His military career started with military campaigns against Austria and its allies. He rose in the ranks quickly after securing big wins against the Austrians. His next campaign was in Egypt which he also won. 

Soon Napoleon Bonaparte became the First Consul of the French Republic. He defeated Prussia and Russia and solidified his grip on Europe. He also had a significant impact on the French Revolution. He was ultimately defeated in the Battle of Waterloo and was exiled to the island of Saint Helena. Napoleon was defeated by the Allies who formed a seventh coalition. The Allies consisted mainly of Prussia, Russia and Austria. Napoleon died on the island in 1821. 

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Joaquin Phoenix To Star As Napoleon

Joaquin Phoenix in Napoleon
Joaquin Phoenix in a still from the film

Ridley Scott is directing and producing an epic historical drama on the French Emperor. Joaquin Phoenix is all set to play Napoleon Bonaparte in the upcoming film. Vanessa Kirby will be playing Empress Joséphine, his wife. 

Scheduled to be released on 22 November 2023, the movie depicts Napoleon’s volatile and addictive relationship with Josephine. It will also deal with his rise to power. Viewers will get to see his battle tactics, military campaigns and his turbulent personal life. 

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Nilova Jasu is an entertainment author at FirstCuriosity. With prior experience working at various celebrity blogs, she takes pride in being a know-it-all when it comes to pop culture. Being a student of medicine, Grey's Anatomy is Nilova's 'comfort watch'. A massive fan of Robert Downey Jr, whenever she is not reading up on the latest celebrity scoop on Instagram and Twitter, Nilova's busy buring her head in storybooks, playing with her pet cats or bingeing on the latest Netflix release.