Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography

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Macmillan, Dec 11, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 403 pages
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From Alan Forrest, a preeminent British scholar, comes an exceedingly readable account of the man and his legend  

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 Alan Forrest tells the remarkable 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, Forrest 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. Drawing on original research and his own distinguished background in French history, Forrest demonstrates that Napoleon was as much a product of his times as their creator.

  

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Napoleon:Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography

User Review  - Sue White - Book Verdict

There seems to be a never-ending supply of books about Napoleon and his era, tens of thousands of titles having been published over the years. Here, Forrest (Napoleon and His Empire: Europe, 1804–1814 ... Read full review

Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography

User Review  - Barbara Hoffert - Book Verdict

A preeminent historian, particularly of modern French history—he's director of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York and serves on the editorial boards of French History and War in History—Forrest seems like the right man to write a biography of Napoleon. Read full review

Contents

Corsican Beginnings
17
Son of the Revolution
41
Bonaparte in Italy
69
Lure of the Orient
93
First Consul
115
From Consulate to Empire
145
Quest for Glory
173
A Vision of Civil Society
195
From the Peninsula to Leipzig
241
The Hundred Days
269
Years of Exile
295
Life after Death
313
Notes
333
Bibliography
371
Acknowledgements
386
Copyright

The Reinvention of Monarchy
217

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About the author (2012)

ALAN FORREST is a professor of modern history and director of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. He works on modern French history, especially the period of the French Revolution and Empire, and on the history of modern warfare. He serves on the editorial boards of French History and War in History, and is a member of the advisory committee for Annales Historiques de la Revolution Francaise. He lives in York, UK.

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