Friends of Kensington Day Centre has great pleasure in inviting you to the Annual Lecture by Adam Zamoyski.

Taking place at St. John’s Church, Lansdowne Crescent, London, W11 2NN.

7pm Doors open – drinks and canapé; 7:45pm Lecture by Adam Zamoyski followed by book signing

“What a novel my life has been!”, exclaimed Napoleon – but he wrote much of it himself. A masterful and shameless manipulator of myths, he created a narrative that still inspires passionate controversy. Was he a military genius, Romantic superhero, demigod, the incarnation of historical destiny, a divine avatar? Was he a compulsive warmonger, tyrant, megalomaniac, a monstrous psychopath, or just a nasty little Corsican hood? Zamoyski will place Napoleon in context: as a young man in the 1790s entering a world at war, whose successes would embroil him in a struggle for supremacy against European powers spurred by self-interest, lust for power or just survival. He will try to explain how the boy from Corsica achieved what he did, how he undid it, how it undid him… and Europe.

It is a timely study.

Adam Zamoyski is a European historian whose work ranges across the continent from Moscow to Paris, from Corsica to Warsaw. He has written over a dozen books including two best-sellers, The Polish Way and Moscow 1812: Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow. His biography, Chopin: Prince of Romantics was broadcast as Book of the Week on Radio 4. Fellow KDC lecturers have described various of his works as “utterly brilliant” (Antony Beevor) and “revisionist” (Andrew Roberts), while Professor Richard Overy wrote, he ‘reads like a Boys Own Yarn”. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquities, the Royal Society of Art and the Royal Society of Literature.

As a landowner in Poland, Zamoyski is an active conservationist. He has planted thousands of trees and restored a number of traditional, wooden, country cottages. His charitable commitments have included leading over twenty pilgrimages of the Registered Charity handicapped to Lourdes.