Laura O’Brien is a cultural historian of modern France, and a senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University. She is currently working on a book about theatrical and cinematic representations of Napoleon.

Geoffrey Rush as the Marquis de Sade in ‘Quills’ (2000).

How the Marquis de Sade became a pillar of the French establishment

The state has just shelled out €4million for the libertine’s most notorious work – how times have changed

10 Aug 2021

The celebrity horse that’s putting Napoleon in the shade

Hanging a plastic skeleton of Napoleon’s favourite horse above his tomb may not be as wildly inappropriate as it seems

6 May 2021