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NAPOLEON The book Napoleon by Felix Markham is a biography about Napoleon Bonaparte one of the greatest historical figures and legends of all time He was born on August 15 1769 at Ajaccio in Corsica which is an island in the Mediterranean Sea In 1779 when Napoleon was nine years old he began his schooling in France He went to a church school at Brienne-le-Chataeu because his father Carlo wanted him to go there It had been noted that Napoleon had excelled at math during his time at school He remained there for eight years and during those years his father died of stomach cancer Napoleon joined the French Army in 1785 and in 1791 was promoted to first lieutenant and then to captain in 1792 In December 1793 Napoleon was sent to Toulon where rebels in France were being aided by the British naval fleet Napoleon took the place of a wounded commander The British withdrew and France took control of Toulon Napoleons victory was responsible for his being honored brigadier general at the age of 24 In 1797 Napoleon won the war for France with the Austrians After defeating them at the French-Italian border he marched over the Alps and threatened Vienna Finally in October of 1797 France and Austria signed the Treaty of Campoformio which enlarged Frances territory He was hailed a hero in France In 1798 Napoleon set sail for Egypt to stop British trade with the Middle East The French fleet however was destroyed by Britain leaving Napoleons army stranded in Egypt In the mean time Turkey formed an alliance with Britain and Russia then declared war on France In 1799 Napoleon learned that a Turkish Army was planning to invade Egypt Napoleon defeated the Turks and then returned to France He was very well respected
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