Napoleon's surrender at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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16 — 25 February 2009

David Cordingly tells the dramatic story of this epic event in the latest Discovery Talk at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall on 25 February.

Napoleon's surrender at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The surrender of Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France and one of the greatest military leaders of all time was a monumental moment in world history. The distinction of accepting Napoleon's surrender went to Captain Frederick Maitland of the veteran warship HMS Bellerophon.

David Cordingly tells the dramatic story of this epic event in the latest Discovery Talk at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall on 25 February.

The lecture recounts the surrender of Napoleon to the Captain of the ship which had dogged his steps since the Battle of the Nile and the story of the captured Emperor being brought to Plymouth where thousands of people from Cornwall and Devon flocked to see the most famous man of his age.

Tickets for HMS Bellerophon and Napoleon's Downfall are available from the Maritime Museum at £7 for lecture only and £16 to include two-course buffet. Doors and bar open from 6pm. To book your seats please call 01326 214546.

David Cordingly was Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich for twelve years and is the author of ‘Life Among the Pirates', ‘Heroines and Harlots', and the highly praised ‘Billy Ruffian: His Majesty's Ship Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon'