“Jaques sweeps through the artistic history of Napoleonic Europe with the verve, enthusiasm and exuberance the subject deserves. She brings to it her deep erudition, together with the sense of wonder—sometimes awe-struck, sometimes appalled—that Napoleon’s vast, often vainglorious cultural ambitions require. Jaques adds to this a profound grasp of the Roman influences on the age. Simply stirring.”

—Michael Broers, author of Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny and Napoleon: Spirit of the Age: 1805-1810