2021 Année Napoléon > Seine-et-Marne (departement)


As part of the commemoration of the death of Napoleon I in 1821, the Seine-et-Marne département will be organising a symposium in May 2021 on the relationship between the Emperor and the département. This symposium will take place at the Château de Fontainebleau and the Seine-et-Marne Departmental Archives. A play will also be performed the day after the symposium closes at the municipal theatre in Fontainebleau.

This information was updated on 23 February 2021.

For any additional information or changes to the programme, please consult the special “Napoleon in Seine-et-Marne” website. Napoléon en Seine-et-Marne.

Symposium > “La Seine-et-Marne et Napoléon : intimité, pouvoirs, mémoires” [“The Seine-et-Marne and Napoleon: intimacy, powers, memories]

18-20 May 2021

As part of the bicentenary of the death of the Emperor Napoleon I, the Department is organising a scholarly symposium on the theme of Seine-et-Marne and Napoleon: intimacy, powers, memories. It will deal with court life, the exercise of power, local authorities and the interactions between the Bellifontaine centre and French political life and international relations.
These study days will enable us to understand the hold of Napoleonic power over the territory and the people of Seine-et-Marne, through the restoration of Catholic worship, the prefectural power, the institution of the gendarmerie, or through electoral procedures (a tool for dialogue between the elites and the imperial regime). Military involvement was also at the heart of Napoleon’s plan, based on conscription, which the vast majority of Seine-et-Marne population accepted until 1813, the creation of an officers’ school in Fontainebleau and the accommodation of prisoners of war, who had been captured during the continental campaigns.
A few major figures stand out in connection with the Seine-et-Marne: the Minister of Foreign Affairs Caulaincourt, who negotiated the Treaty of Fontainebleau after the capitulation of Paris, the Minister of State Pierre Daru, who was closely associated with the Château du Matroy, and Louis-Alexandre Berthier, who organised the imperial hunt. Fontainebleau and the Seine-et-Marne is not only a place of power, but also a place of life, at the heart of the private life and social life of the imperial family.
Lastly, we shall evoke Napoleonic memory, whether engraved in stone or in graphic representations (architectural drawings of the Château de Fontainebleau). This is based on the memory of the ‘Adieu’ to the guard, a scene that is very present in the imagery of the period, on the memoirs written by the witnesses of the Emperor’s reign and, more generally, on the places of remembrance in the four corners of the department.

Full details here (in French)

Tuesday 18 May Château de Fontainebleau

Opening of the conference
9am – Introduction by the Chairman of the Seine-et-Marne Department.
9.15am – Introduction by the Chairman of the EPIC of the Château de Fontainebleau.
9.30 am – Introduction by the Mayor of Fontainebleau.
9.45 am – Thierry Lentz (Fondation Napoléon): What did Napoleon really say during the Farewell to Fontainebleau?
10.30 am – Break.

1st panel: Intimacy
11.00 am – Rémy Hême de Lacotte (University of Paris Sorbonne): Intimacy and power: Napoleon’s ecclesiastical entourage and the direction of Catholic religious affairs.
11.30 am – Pierre Branda (Fondation Napoléon): The Emperor’s Household.
12pm Franck Favier (Lycée Janson de Sailly Paris): Berthier’s action in Seine et Marne.

2.30 pm Guided tour of the imperial apartments, places of life and exercise of power.
The Musée Napoléon, a project in motion (Christophe Beyeler)

5pm Opening of the exhibition Jean Gaudaire-Thor (Quartier Henri IV)

Wednesday 19 May (Archives départementales de Seine-et-Marne, Dammarie-lès-Lys)

2nd panel: The military epic
9am – Annie Crépin (University of Artois): The power of the centralising state, the influence of the Napoleonic regime: the establishment of conscription in Seine-et-Marne.
9.30 am – Michel Roucaud (Service historique de la Défense) : At the origins of Saint-Cyr, the special military school at Fontainebleau (1803-1808) : “a school to win”.
10 am – Break.
10.30am – Jacques-Olivier Boudon (University of Paris Sorbonne): Prisoners of war in Seine-et-Marne under the Consulate and the Empire.
11.00am – Bruno de Trémiolles (Château du Martroy), Pierre Daru, “My best administrator”.
11.30 am – Vincent Haegele (Versailles Municipal Library): Actor, witness and thinker of history: the campaign of 1814 seen by General Pelet-Clozeau.

3rd panel: Napoleon I and the world
2pm – Marie-Pierre Rey (Professor, University of Paris Sorbonne): 1814, the role of Russia in the abdication of Napoleon.
2.30pm – Olivier Varlan (Archivist paleographer, “agrégé” and PhD in history, history-geography teacher at the Lycée Faidherbe Lille): The treaty of Fontainebleau (April 1814): Caulaincourt’s only successful negotiation?
3pm- Break.

3.30pm Commented presentation of archive documents illustrating the Napoleonic period in Seine-et-Marne (DAD77 team)

Thursday 20 May (Archives départementales de Seine-et-Marne, Dammarie-lès-Lys)

4th panel: Political power
9am – Joseph Schmauch (Archives départementales 77): The Count of Plancy, prefect of Seine-et-Marne.
9.30am – Marie Courtemanche (EHESS) : Between glory, union and memory, the politics of the sacred under Napoleon.
10am – Break.

5th panel: The Emperor and the Seine-et-Marnais
10:30 – Olivier Plancke (relay professor at the Archives départementales 77): The eyes, ears and armed arm of Napoleon: the gendarmerie in Seine-et-Marne under the Consulate and Empire.
11 am – Laurent Refuveille (University of Lorraine): Elections in Seine-et-Marne in the Napoleonic era.
11.30am – Abbot Olivier Vatar (Meaux diocese): Mgr Pierre-Paul de Faudoas, bishop of Meaux.

6th panel: Memory
2pm – Charles-Éloi Vial (Bibliothèque nationale de France): Another look at the Emperor’s intimacy: Fontainebleau, a place of Napoleonic memory in the 19th century.
2.30 pm – Jean Vittet (Château de Fontainebleau): What happened to the architectural drawings of the Château de Fontainebleau under Napoleon?
3.00 pm – Christophe Beyeler (Château de Fontainebleau): From one castle to another. From the Musée des Souvenirs in the Louvre to the Grand Musée Napoléon I in Fontainebleau: legacies and perspectives.
3.30 pm – Break.
16h00 – Luc Duchamp (Archives and Museums of the City of Provins), Materials for the history of the Seine-et-Marne under the Empire: the manuscripts of the librarian of the City of Provins, Nicolas Pasques (1744-1830).
4.30 pm – Marc Boriosi (Department of Seine-et-Marne): Napoleon, a hagiography?
5.00 p.m. – Conclusion of the symposium by Mr Jean-Louis Thiériot, MP.

Participation in the colloquium is free of charge but registration is required at the Seine-et-Marne Departmental Archives, by telephone on 01 64 87 37 15 and by e-mail at the following address: archives@departement77.fr


Théâtre > Le chanoine de Milan
Friday 21 May

A play from the repertoire of the Consulate period (Le Chanoine de Milan), performed by the Théâtre des Grognards on 21 May 2021 at the municipal theatre in Fontainebleau.

– 2:30 pm – Theatrical performance: Le chanoine de Milan by Le Théâtre des Grognards – Les Grognards de la Marne, théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau. Performance for schools.
– 8:30 pm – Theatrical performance: Le chanoine de Milan by Le Théâtre des Grognards – Les Grognards de la Marne, théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau. Performance intended for the general public.

 booking information to come.

For further information or changes to the programme, please check the website Napoléon en Seine-et-Marne.

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PrEsentation OF THE Seine-et-Marne DEPARTMENT

The year 2021 will see the commemoration of the bicentenary of the death of the Emperor Napoleon I on 5 May 1821 in his exile on St Helena Island.
The links between the French Emperor and the department of Seine-et-Marne are numerous. From the end of 1813, the French campaign meant military operations were centered on the department (at Cutrelles or Montereau). While the coalition troops occupied Paris, Napoleon stayed at the Château de Fontainebleau, which was the scene of his farewell to the Imperial Guard on 20 April 1814.

Situated to the south-east of Paris, Seine-et-Marne is the largest department in the Île-de-France region. A young, dynamic department with strong economic development, Seine-et-Marne offers its inhabitants a quality living environment. With 5,000 employees, the Department works on a daily basis with the 1.3 million people of Seine-et-Marne. It maintains the road network on the 4330 km of departmental roads. It organises and develops transport and mobility. It contributes to the smooth running of 127 public secondary schools by welcoming students and their families, providing school catering services and equipping the establishments. It assists people losing their autonomy and people with disabilities. It is responsible for child protection and takes in children who are temporarily or permanently separated from their families. It participates in the development of the territory, notably through financial investment in the 536 municipalities of the territory. Finally, it brings cultural and sporting life closer to the inhabitants. In 2021, the Department’s budget will amount to 1.5 billion euros. More on the department’s website (French)

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