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Napoleon and his parents : on the threshold of history

Author: Dorothy Carrington
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two stories are related in this book. One is the traditional tale, largely derived from chroniclers who relied as much on hearsay as nearly contemporary evidence and, combining the two, created a legend that rises at times into the realm of myth. The other story is based on the hitherto unexploited archives of the Bonaparte family and scattered documents, mostly in Corsica, that have remained neglected or ignored.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Bonaparte family.; Kaiser I ) Napoleon (Frankreich; Maria Letizia Bonaparte; Carlo Maria Buonaparte; Napoléon, empereur des Français; Napoléon, empereur des Français; Bonaparte (Famille)
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Carrington
ISBN: 0525248331 9780525248330
OCLC Number: 21035884
Description: xxv, 289 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chronology --
Birth of the avenger --
Birth of Napoleon Bonaparte --
Struggles and trials of a Corsican family --
Triumphs of a Corsican family --
Way to the throne --
Efforts and rewards --
Formation of a hero --
End and beginning : father and son --
Appendix : Facsimile documents --
Selected critical bibliography.
Responsibility: Dorothy Carrington.

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Two stories are related in this book. One is the traditional tale, largely derived from chroniclers who relied as much on hearsay as nearly contemporary evidence and, combining the two, created a legend that rises at times into the realm of myth. The other story is based on the hitherto unexploited archives of the Bonaparte family and scattered documents, mostly in Corsica, that have remained neglected or ignored. In the following pages the two stories are distinguished, confronted and compared. - Foreword.

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