Songs of the Napoleonic Wars

August 16, 2016, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Hennage Auditorium
326 W. Francis St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States

A day after Napoleon’s 247th birthday, join Gregg Kimball and Mary Smith as they present a selection of traditional songs from 1789 to 1815 telling the story of the Napoleonic Wars from the point of view of everyday people who lived, coped and survived when the entire world order was upended and shaken by events they could not control or escape. In the wake of the French Revolution, the extraordinary rise to power by the son of an impoverished Corsican nobleman dramatically altered the course of European history and reverberated throughout the rest of the world, from the banks of the Nile to the streets of New Orleans. The historical and political legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte is well known, but how did this upheaval affect ordinary citizens who were swept up into the conflagration of the ensuing Napoleonic Wars? The songs of the people provide a window to their thoughts and emotions. (1 hour)