Napoleon Cruise

19 days / 18 nights
    New itinerary
    Napoleon Cruise

    Cruise Africa

    from 26 April 2021 to 14 May 2021
    19 days / 18 nights

    Departure Port : Cape Town
    Arrival Port : Dakar

    Ship : LE JACQUES CARTIER

    • Ref : X260421

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    In partnership with the magazine Point de Vue, with the exceptional presence on board of Jean Tulard and Franck Ferrand. 

    PONANT is organising an exceptional 19-day cruise to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte on 5 May 1821.

    Embark onboard Le Jacques-Cartier in South Africa, in Cape Town, mother-city of the country, dominated by Table Mountain, and reach Walvis Bay, at the heart of the Namib desert.

    Then your ship will chart a course towards the island of Saint Helena to arrive the day before the official ceremony, which will be held on 5 May 2021. Although this British territory, the site of his last exile, houses his tomb, it remains above all the place where Napoleon dictated his memoirs and sealed his legend. Offering an intimate and moving testimony of his last moments on the island, the Longwood Residence and the Emperor’s furniture have been preciously maintained and preserved by the French authorities and the Fondation Napoléon. During your visit, you will travel through history in a luxuriant and bucolic setting, far from the sombre image of the island.

    You will then call at Ascension Island, some 1,000 km off the coast of Saint Helena. On this desert island, the British created a garrison to counter any hope of escape by the Emperor. Today the island is a veritable sanctuary for birds, marine mammals and green turtles.

    You will then sail north along the maritime route taken in 1815 by the Northumberland, the ship that escorted Napoleon to Saint Helena and will enjoy a few days at sea before reaching Dakar, the lively capital of Senegal, which will be your port of disembarkation.

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    Highlights

    • Partnership with the magazine Point de Vue.
    • Onboard conferences with the historian Jean Tulard, a leading specialist on Napoléon, Thierry Lentz, the director of the Fondation Napoleon, Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, director of the French National Domains on St. Helena Island, Honorary Consul of France, and the writer and journalist Franck Ferrand.
    • Two gastronomic dinners inspired by the menus and wines served to the Emperor during his exile.
    • A conference and two concerts featuring music of Napoleon’s time, by the historian Peter Hicks.
    • Screenings of historical movies and documentaries about the Napoleonic era.
    • In Saint Helena, visits “in the footsteps of Napoleon”: La pavilion des Briars, Longwood House, the cottage of General Bertrand and the Valley of the Tomb.
    • Discover the natural and cultural heritage of the island: Jamestown village, volcanic landscapes and the natural park.

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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 1 stateroom for people with reduced mobility.
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 1 stateroom for people with reduced mobility.
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 2 staterooms of 27.5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 3

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
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    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 38 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 tall sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 6 Suite

    • Area : 38 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 tall sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi
    •  Butler service.
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    Privilege Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi
    •  Butler service.
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    Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 40m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    •  Butler service.
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 30mprivate balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds
    • Shower & Bathtub + Jacuzzi on terrace
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    •  Butler service
    • 1 private transfer (round trip): Airport - Hotel - Port
    • 1 free hour of Spa treatments
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    LE JACQUES CARTIER

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the sixth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Jacques Cartier will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    26 April 2021 – At sea

    Cape Town

    Embarkation 26/04/2021 from 10H00 to 11H00 . Departure 26/04/2021 at 12H00 .

    Dynamic and peaceful, cosmopolitan and hip, Cape Town offers its visitors a most unique mix. Here, the locals like to say that their city is “the quintessential melting pot of South Africa”. Located in the heart of one of the most beautiful bays in the world and dominated by the famous Table Mountain, it is graced with extraordinary landscapes including sheer cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean and vast whitesand beaches. We invite you to discover this incredible city, the South African capital of fashion, the art of living, and gastronomy. Further on, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve awaits you and is home to a wide variety of endemic fauna and flora.

    27 April 2021 – At sea

    27 April 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 27/04/2021. Departure 27/04/2021.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    28 April 2021 – Lüderitz

    28 April 2021 – Lüderitz

    Arrival 28/04/2021 late morning. Departure 28/04/2021 late afternoon.

    Located in Namibia, in southern Africa, Luderitz is a coastal town in the Karas region. A former German colony at the gates of the Namib desert, this singular town has houses featuring occasionally extravagant colonial architecture. With its sandy streets overlooking the ocean, the small port town gives off a particular atmosphere that will not leave you indifferent. Perched on a granite promontory, the Felsenkirche Lutheran church is well worth a visit, as are the Deutsche Afrika Bank building and the Goerke Haus monument. The Kolmanskop ghost town, with its hospital and abandoned colonial houses invaded by the desert sands , looks like it’s come straight off a film set.

    29 April 2021▸30 April 2021 – Walvis Bay

    29 April 2021▸30 April 2021 – Walvis Bay

    Arrival 29/04/2021 midday. Departure 30/04/2021 midday.

    On the wild coastlines of Namibia, you will feel the force of the encounter between the infinite dunes of the oldest desert in the world and the tempestuous waves of the Atlantic Ocean. A natural port in the curve of a bay formed by an old river delta, Walvis Bay is protected from the whims of the ocean by the natural barrier of Pelican Point. It is a real refuge for migratory birds, where thousands of pink flamingos and Cape cormorants mix with one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies in the world. On the Namibian coastline, the seals make the most of the Benguela Current, cold and full of fish, which comes up from the Antarctic.

    1 May 2021▸3 May 2021 – At sea

    1 May 2021▸3 May 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 01/05/2021. Departure 03/05/2021.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    4 May 2021 – Jamestown, Saint Helena Island

    4 May 2021 – Jamestown, Saint Helena Island

    Arrival 04/05/2021 early morning. Departure 04/05/2021.

    Nestling in the hollow of a volcanic valley, Jamestown retains the charm of a small English village in the tropics. A centre of Napoleonic legend, the French authorities preciously conserved evidence of the Emperor’s exile on the island, including the Briars and Longwood House pavilions, the “valley of the tomb” and Bertrand’s Cottage. Escorted to Saint Helena by the British aboard HMS Northumberland in 1815, Napoléon died there in 1821. Far removed from the arid hell he described in the memoirs dictated to his faithful companions, you will discover that this natural fortress offers a very diverse landscape, from steep cliffs to fertile lands covered with lush nature.

    5 May 2021 – Jamestown, Saint Helena Island

    5 May 2021 – Jamestown, Saint Helena Island

    Arrival 05/05/2021. Departure 05/05/2021.

    Nestling in the hollow of a volcanic valley, Jamestown retains the charm of a small English village in the tropics. A centre of Napoleonic legend, the French authorities preciously conserved evidence of the Emperor’s exile on the island, including the Briars and Longwood House pavilions, the “valley of the tomb” and Bertrand’s Cottage. Escorted to Saint Helena by the British aboard HMS Northumberland in 1815, Napoléon died there in 1821. Far removed from the arid hell he described in the memoirs dictated to his faithful companions, you will discover that this natural fortress offers a very diverse landscape, from steep cliffs to fertile lands covered with lush nature.

    6 May 2021 – Jamestown, Saint Helena Island

    6 May 2021 – Jamestown, Saint Helena Island

    Arrival 06/05/2021. Departure 06/05/2021 evening.

    Nestling in the hollow of a volcanic valley, Jamestown retains the charm of a small English village in the tropics. A centre of Napoleonic legend, the French authorities preciously conserved evidence of the Emperor’s exile on the island, including the Briars and Longwood House pavilions, the “valley of the tomb” and Bertrand’s Cottage. Escorted to Saint Helena by the British aboard HMS Northumberland in 1815, Napoléon died there in 1821. Far removed from the arid hell he described in the memoirs dictated to his faithful companions, you will discover that this natural fortress offers a very diverse landscape, from steep cliffs to fertile lands covered with lush nature.

    7 May 2021▸8 May 2021 – At sea

    7 May 2021▸8 May 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 07/05/2021. Departure 08/05/2021.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    9 May 2021 – Georgetown, Ascension Island

    9 May 2021 – Georgetown, Ascension Island

    Arrival 09/05/2021 early morning. Departure 09/05/2021 early evening.

    Lost in the heart of the Atlantic, this arid island with a lunar landscape is not as deserted as we may believe. Its position has made it a military base and strategic air bridge for the British and the Americans. The first garrison was established in 1815 to prevent any escape attempt by Napoleon, who was exiled nearly 1,000 kilometres away on the island of Saint Helena. The forts and barracks of the Royal Navy from those times can be visited. Intense marine biodiversity surrounds this island. It is one of the most important breeding sites for tropical marine birds and green turtles , which leave their footprints on the island’s magnificent beaches before heading to the Brazilian coastlines.

    10 May 2021▸13 May 2021 – At sea

    10 May 2021▸13 May 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 10/05/2021. Departure 13/05/2021.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    14 May 2021▸13 May 2021 – Dakar

    Dakar

    Disembarkation 14/05/2021 at 07H00 .

    On the tip of the African continent, the buzzing capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. You may be overwhelmed by its sheer size, but Dakar will win you over with its richly diverse districts, appealing cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic centre, you'll enjoy the pell-mell of colours and tasty delights in Kermel market. A visit to the island of Gorée is deeply moving; for several hundred years this island was the largest slave trading centre on the African coast. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are looking for pristine, unspoilt nature, the wildlife in the heart of Madeleine Islands' national park will not disappoint.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Saint Helena & Ascension Islands: no visa required for a transit call (entry/exit by sea). Note that citizens of the following countries are not permitted to come ashore on Ascension: Belarus, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iran, Libya, Macau, North Korea, Russia, Syria, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Vietnam. You must be able to produce evidence (written in English) of holding comprehensive medical insurance including repatriation.

    • Namibia: Australian, Canadian, US, UK and German citizens are visa exempt. You will be issued, free of charge, a tourist card of a validity of 90 days at the airport.

    • Anti-malarial treatment is recommended (see your doctor) especially if you are participating on one of the pre/post programs in the Kruger National Park.          

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Franck Ferrand

    Franck Ferrand

    An historian by training (EHESS), author of a dozen books on history – including Versailles après les rois (Perrin), L’Histoire interdite (Tallandier), François Ier, roi de chimères (Flammarion) and Dictionnaire amoureux de Versailles (Plon), and the successful saga La Cour des Dames – Franck Ferrand has emerged over the years as one of our leading “history messengers”.

    For 15 years, he has hosted historic rendezvous on Europe 1, including the famous daily slot Au cœur de l’histoire. Since September 2018, we can find him on Radio Classique in Franck Ferrand raconte which in the first week became the most downloaded programme in France. After presenting some 50 editions of L’Ombre d’un doute on France 3, he now appears every week alongside Michel Drucker in Vivement dimanche. In the last 20 years, Franck Ferrand has given literally hundreds of talks on every continent.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Sylvain DUMAIS

    Jean Tulard

    Jean Tulard

    Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne and member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et politiques, historian Jean Tulard is famous for his knowledge of Napoleon and the French Revolution, a period on which he has written numerous books. He is also a cinema historian and has just published the latest volume of his reference book: Guide des Films.

    He participates in many literary juries, appears on the TV programme Secrets d’Histoire and is regularly asked to speak at conferences in France and abroad.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: ARR

    Thierry Lentz

    Thierry Lentz

    Thierry Lentz has been director of the Napoleon Foundation since June 2000, and responsible for the course on Consulate and Empire at the Catholic Institute of Higher Education (La Roche-sur-Yon) since 2012 in the Napoleon Chair created by this private university. He is one of those behind the publication of Correspondance générale de Napoléon (15 volumes) and a major restoration of French estates associated with Napoleon on St Helena, completed in 2015. Today, he also manages the non-profit organisation that runs these estates (St Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd).

    Thierry Lentz has published around 30 books on the Napoleonic period (and other subjects) including the Nouvelle histoire du Premier Empire in four volumes (Fayard, 2002-210). His latest work is Bonaparte n’est plus ! Le monde apprend la mort de Napoléon, Perrin, 2019.

    For his many works as an historian, he was awarded the Paul-Michel Perret Prize in 1993 by the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques which in 2018 also awarded him the Charles-Aubert Prize for the body of his work. In 2013 he received the Guizot Prize from the Académie Française.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: ARR

    Michel Dancoisne-Martineau

    Michel Dancoisne-Martineau

    Michel Dancoisne-Martineau was born on December 5, 1965 in Voyennes in the Somme (France). He studied agriculture, which he interrupted with an extended stay on St. Helena island.

    He did his military service in the 519th Logistics Regiment in 1986/87. At the end of 1987, he was contracted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as accountant, administrator and conservator and then director of French nationals properties located in St Helena (South Atlantic). In 1990, his contract was renewed with the appointment as Honorary Consul. Since then, without interruption, every three years, he has been reappointed.

    Since 1995, in addition to his duties as a director, he has been conducting scientific projects and historical research for various private and public organisations. He publishes articles in various English, American and French trade journals. Among other publications, he is the director of the publication "Sainte-Hélène, île de Mémoire" published by Fayard in Paris in 2005, the author of "Chroniques de Sainte-Hélène, atlantique sud" published by Perrin in Paris in 2011, of "Je suis le gardien du tombeau vide" by Flammarion in 2017. He was one of the two curators of the Napoleon exhibition on St. Helena held at the Invalides in 2016. Since then, he has devoted himself as author and editor of a bilingual (English/French) 12-volume series on Napoleon on St Helena under the generic title "St Helena, the Pitfall of the Empire" (to date 5 volumes have been completed).

    He is a knight of the national orders of the Legion of Honour and Merit as well as of the Arts and Letters. He was also made an Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

    Languages spoken: French,English

     

    Photo credit: David Bordes  

    Peter Hicks

    Peter Hicks

    Peter Hicks is an historian of the Napoleonic period and International Affairs manager at the Foundation Napoleon, Paris. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Bath (UK) (2008-2018) and is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, Florida State University, US. He also is professor at the Institute Catholic des Études Supérieures (ICES) La Roche-sur-Yon. His recent books include – (ed.), Emmanuel de Las Cases, Le Mémorial de Sainte Hélène: Le manuscript retrouvé, critical edition, with presentation and commentary with Thierry Lentz, François Houdecek and Chantal Prevot, Perrin 2017, (ed.) La bataille de Waterloo: symbole de victoire, de défaite et lieu de mémoire/Battle of Waterloo: Introductions to the Lectures and After-Thoughts – in English, (Les éditions de la Belle alliance, 2015) and The Napoleonic Empire and the New European Political Culture, with Michael Broers and Agustin Guimera, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

    His current publication projects include: joint-editor of volume 3 of Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars, (CUP 2020), a selection of British witnesses to Napoleon on St Helena (Perrin 2020). He also a musician. Recent Napoleonic projects include the creation, organization and performance of a week-long Festival of Napoleonic and Georgian music on the island of St Helena (May 2019) (concerts, recital, singing day) and a concert of Napoleonic music, Hôtel des Invalides, Paris, 24 May 2018 (choir, soloists and orchestra). His upcoming Napoleonic musical projects include: a Napoleonic recital (piano and voice), Savile Club, London, February 2020, and the creation, organization and conducting of two concerts of famous and rare Napoleonic music, Hôtel des Invalides, February 2021 (choir, soloists and orchestra).

    Spoken languages: French, English

     

    Photo credit: J-P Pouteau / Apprentis d'Auteuil 2013

    Charles-Éloi Vial

    Charles-Éloi Vial

    Curator of the manuscripts department in France’s National Library and an expert on contemporary manuscripts, former student of the Ecole Nationale des Chartes, and with a PhD in history from the Paris Sorbonne University, Charles-Eloi Vial has written many books on the Revolution, the First Empire and the 19th century. They include Les Derniers feux de la monarchie: la cour au siècle des Révolutions (Perrin, 2016); Marie-Louise (Perrin, 2017, which won the Napoleon Foundation’s First Empire prize); La Famille royale au Temple: le remords de la Révolution and Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène: l’encre de l’exil (Perrin, 2018); and more recently 15 août 1811: l’apogée de l’Empire (which won the Figaro/Histoire channel history book prize).

    He has also contributed to several exhibitions such as Napoléon à Sainte-Hélène: la conquête de la mémoire at the Invalides in 2016, Le Bivouac de l’Empereur in Waterloo and Le Salon de la princesse Mathilde in Ajaccio in 2019. He has also been General Secretary of the Napoleon Institute since 2018, and member of the Honorary Committee of the association, Le Souvenir napoléonien, since 2019.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Editions Perrin

    Adrien Goetz

    Adrien Goetz

    A member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Adrien Goetz is an expert in history of art from the early 19th century. A history graduate with a PhD in art history, he teaches at the Sorbonne. He manages the museum’s official publication, Grande Galerie, le journal du Louvre, and has a weekly column called “les arts” in Le Figaro. He is also the author of numerous novels related to the world of art and museums. 

    Language spoken : French

     

    Photo credit: Jean-François Paga

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