A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It offers historical details about Karl Ludwig’Schulmeister work for Napoleon’s army, and the political and social situations of the time.
It discusses how Schulmeister became a spy, and how he contributed to Napoleon’s success. The benefits he received as a result are also discussed. Social class is an important theme.
Positive Role Models
Schulmeister was a double agent, and his work helped Napoleon gain power and control over Europe. Some people see this as a heroic thing, while others characterize him as a traitor.
Violence & Scariness
There are some images of soldiers marching, and some conversations about executions, but it isn’t violent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Napoleon's Legendary Spy is a documentary about Karl Ludwig Schulmeister, who served as a double agent for Napoleon Bonaparte. Smuggling, war time violence, and related themes are discussed, but outside of this there's nothing to worry about here. Most young viewers won't be particularly interested, but history buffs will find it interesting.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting biography tells the story of the Karl Ludwig Schulmeister, one of Napoleon's most notable spies. It discusses how the confident and charismatic Schulmeister, who was known as the "free thinker from Baden," went from being a local smuggler and informant for Austria to a soldier of fortune in the French army. While it highlights Schulmeister's talents, it also points to the fact that his success was also a result of the post-revolutionary changes taking place in France at the time, which included the fall of the Jacobins, and the rise of the parvenu, an elite noble class of social climbers who were given the ability to rise in station and power under Napoleonic rule. Regardless of whether you believe Schulmeister was a hero or a traitor, Napoleon's Legendary Spy offers a compelling narrative about the man's extraordinary career.
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