Almost nine years of commissioned service already lay behind Citoyen-capitaine
di Buonaparte when he penned Le Souper de Beaucaire.
A great deal happened to the young Corsican during this considerable period of time, and many of his early experiences were destined to have important repercussions on his later career. Above all, most of his notions on the art of war and military affairs in general were formulated during this period, and it is important to study the early influences if we are to acquire any real insight into his future greatness and ultimate fall.
Napoleon was born on...