This Timelapse Shows How Napoleon Nearly Conquered All Of Europe


From 1802 until his exile in 1815, Napoleon embarked on several massive campaigns across virtually all of Europe. This new video shows the changing front lines from his position as Consul for Life to his historic defeat at Waterloo. » 12/04/14 4:00pm 12/04/14 4:00pm

The insane plan to rescue Napoleon from St. Helena by submarine


Back in the early 19th Century, an Irish adventurer and smuggler named Tom Johnson hatched a plot to rescue the exiled Napoleon from his island prison on St. Helena. But to do so he would need to approach the heavily guarded island with extreme caution. That’s when he decided to design his very own submarine — decades… » 3/12/13 11:10am 3/12/13 11:10am

X-rays reveal hidden painting behind 19th century masterpiece

The 1823 painting Portrait of Don Ramón Satué is considered one of Francisco Goya's finest achievements, but it might actually have been the artist's last-ditch effort to avoid political hot water. X-ray analysis reveals this painting once depicted someone far more controversial than a local judge. » 9/22/11 4:40pm 9/22/11 4:40pm

Bizarre, ancient Egyptian chamber discovered in Italy

This room might look worthy of pharaohs, but it was built more than eighteen centuries after the last one died. Found in a villa in northern Italy, it's a strange memorial to an Egyptian obsession from three hundred years ago. » 7/06/11 11:40am 7/06/11 11:40am

One-door Napoleonic defense tower is your new evil headquarters

This is a 30-foot-tall Martello Tower in Suffolk, England. It has one door, 13-foot-thick walls, and was built to keep Napoleon out of England. This particular fortress was refurbished with a cushy interior. It's perfect for keeping out nosy do-gooders. » 12/27/10 7:15am 12/27/10 7:15am