Translated from the French for the first time, this is an intimate view of Napoleon from a close personal servant. This new book provides unique insights from someone who was there in Napoleon’s final years, seeing him as a man and as an Emperor descending from the apex of his power. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: In Napoleon's Shadow, The Memoirs of Louis-Joseph Marchand, Valet and Friend of the Emperor 1811-1821 FILE: R2729 AUTHOR: edited by Peter Liddle PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 791 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Napoleon, personal life, home life, closing years, valet, Imperial Project, 100 Days, exile, death
IMAGE: B2729.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ybwnyptz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Translated from the French for the first time, this is an intimate view of Napoleon from a close personal servant. This new book provides unique insights from someone who was there in Napoleon's final years, seeing him as a man and as an Emperor descending from the apex of his power. - Most Highly Recommended This is a volume of substance that is offered at a very aggressive cover price in softback. It has been nicely produced, but it remains to be seen how well the binding will stand up to the heavy use that many readers will demand of it. This is not a book to be read quickly from cover to cover and then placed on a shelf. There will be some readers who do just that, but many will treat this as a serious reference work to be read, re-read and frequently referred to. The mass of books about Napoleon concentrate on the politics and the warfare. The battles are picked over in detail, there are many books of biography or memoir from soldiers and politicians, and each makes some reference to Napoleon's private life, frequently as conjecture. In this book Napoleon's valet provides a huge amount of detail and very fresh insight into Napoleon as he descended from the height of his power and achievement to the isolation of imprisonment on a remote island as his health failed. This is a most rewarding read for the history enthusiast and the researcher but it is also an absorbing account of one of history's giant figures written in rich detail and with many facts that have not appeared in any other account of Napoleon. The writer was a close personal servant who might fairly be described as a friend and certainly as a close confident, particularly in the final years of exile.