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Napoleon : life, legacy, and image : a biography

Author: Alan I Forrest
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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On a cold December day in 1840 Parisians turned out in force to watch as the body of Napoleon was solemnly carried on a riverboat from Courbevoie on its final journey to the Invalides. The return of their long-dead Emperor's corpse from the Island of St. Helena was a moment that Paris had eagerly awaited, though many feared that the memories stirred would serve to further destabilize a country that had struggled for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Frankreich Kaiser; Napoleon, Emperor of the French
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan I Forrest
ISBN: 9781250009036 1250009030 9781250018151 1250018153
OCLC Number: 778422052
Notes: Originally published: London : Quercus, 2011.
Description: xii, 403 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Paris, 1840 --
Corsican beginnings --
Son of the revolution --
Bonaparte in Italy --
Lure of the orient --
First consul --
From consulate to empire --
Quest for glory --
A vision of civil society --
The reinvention of monarchy --
From the peninsula to Leipzig --
The hundred days --
Years of exile --
Life after death.
Responsibility: Alan Forrest.

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On a cold December day in 1840 Parisians turned out in force to watch as the body of Napoleon was solemnly carried on a riverboat from Courbevoie on its final journey to the Invalides. The return of their long-dead Emperor's corpse from the Island of St. Helena was a moment that Paris had eagerly awaited, though many feared that the memories stirred would serve to further destabilize a country that had struggled for order and direction since he had been sent into exile. In this book, the author tells the story of how the son of a Corsican attorney became the most powerful man in Europe, a man whose charisma and legacy endured after his lonely death many thousands of miles from the country whose fate had become so entwined with his own. Along the way, the author also cuts away the many layers of myth and counter myth that have grown up around Napoleon, a man who mixed history and legend promiscuously and, drawing on original research and his own background in French history, demonstrates that Napoleon was as much a product of his times as their creator.

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