In Napoleon’s Shadow, The Memoirs of Louis-Joseph Marchand, Valet and Friend of the Emperor 1811-1821

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


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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

ISBN: 978-1-78438-289-6

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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.