Napoleon is at the head of the Grande Armée with imperial Russia in his sights...

It is one of the greatest forces ever assembled – nearly three quarters of a million men. The year is 1812 and the army has already chalked up an impressive streak of victories.

Within a week, Napoleon experiences triumph and despair in equal measure. The Battle of Borodino, on 7 September 1812, will be remembered as one of history's great pyrrhic victories. Following the victory at Borodino, his forces were decimated by disease, cold and hunger; Napoleon was forced to limp back to France.

Perhaps the trudge back is where he hardened his resolve to rule Europe that led to Waterloo three years later?

The Battle of Moscow, 7 September 1812  by Louis Lejeune (1822)

The Battle of Moscow, 7 September 1812 by Louis Lejeune (1822)

Adam D'Souza

Adam D'Souza

The speaker

Adam D'Souza, Director of Form Seven, historian and teacher will bring this little-known, but incredibly significant, historical moment to life in an immersive salon.

He read classics at Royal Holloway, University of London, before beginning a career in advertising and entrepreneurship. He then discovered his vocation for teaching. Since then he has lectured in history at a leading adult education college, led cultural summer schools and developed intensive academic enrichment courses for gifted and talented children. Adam now teaches humanities at Hampton Court House.



Date: Tuesday 6 October 2015 at 7.30pm. Drinks and conversation from 6.45pm.
Venue: Hampton Court House, KT8 9BS.

This event is the first of a pair looking back at Napoleon's great land battles, Borodino and Waterloo. Join us on Wednesday 4 November for Sublime Carnage – the Field of Waterloo, 1815 with Dr Paul O'Keeffe. You can purchase a combined ticket for both events and save 20%.