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Napoleon’s Legendary Spy

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Napoleonic spy docu is an interesting history lesson.

TV Max Educational 2017
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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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 1, 2017
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: History
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: May 31, 2023

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