Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Napoleon Bonaparte crossing the Alps, by Jacques-Louis David

Napoleon Bonaparte crossing the Alps, by Jacques-Louis David

We’re back! Refreshed, rejuvenated, and planning to avoid chocolate for some weeks.

This week is a Theme Week, because, two hundred years, two weeks and two days ago, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated from power.So this week will be Napoleon Week, to study the remarkable career and extraordinary personality of this dominant politician, warlord and Emperor. I’m not saying we like him particularly, but the Book Foxes are fascinated by him.

Tuesday & WednesdayKirsty talks to Napoleon biographer Professor Michael Broers about history, productivity, institutions, and a certain old prejudice.

ThursdayThe fascinating accounts of scientists and soldiers in Napoleon’s disastrous attempt to conquer Egypt makes Nina Burleigh’s Mirage riveting, in a VL Classic by Jackie.

Friday: Kate reads Simon Winder’s Germania, a rollicking history of all the areas of Europe once called Germany, with a particular interest in Napoleonic relics.



About Kate

Blogger, lecturer, podcaster, writer, critic, reviewer, researcher, and publisher (, in and on British literary history. Preferred occupation while listening to podcasts: cooking or knitting. Preferred soundtrack while reading: the sound of silence.

3 comments on “Coming up on Vulpes Libris

  1. gertloveday
    April 27, 2014

    Do chase up the Australian novelist Anthony O’Neill’s terrific book ‘The Empire of Eternity’ which has Napoleon in Egypt as a central part of its plot. In fact, chase up all Anthony O’Neill’s books, including “The Unscratchables” which he wrote as Cornelius Kane – a thriller with a cast of cats and dogs. (I’m not Anthony O’Neill, just one of his greatest fans)

  2. sshaver
    April 29, 2014

    Avoiding chocolate?

  3. Kate
    April 29, 2014

    There’s been quite a lot of chocolate about in the past few weeks. We don’t need to eat it all the time.

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