Napoleon s Purgatory is a work portraying the human side of Napoleon as revealed by those who shared his exile on the island of St Helena Through the diaries and journals of the Emperor s servants, generals, and companions come the stories of Napoleon s tender love for children, his captivating sense of humor, his eternal love for Josephine, and his agonizing death Napoleon Bonaparte was sent by the British to the remote island of St Helena where he could not escape What followed were six excruciating years of loneliness and depression, mixed with frolicking play with the island s children, a battle of wills with his British captor, an exploration of his lapsed Catholic faith, and the complex relationship with the members of his entourage This time in exile was akin to time served in Purgatory for Napoleon His humanity, suffering, joy in the laughter of children, and longing for Josephine are captured vividly in this work through the detailed use of primary sources written by those who were there While many considered Napoleon Bonaparte the Corsican Ogre for the wars he waged across Europe, he was anything but during his exile on St Helena....
|Title||:||Napoleon's Purgatory: The Unseen Humanity of the "Corsican Ogre" in Fatal Exile (with an introduction by J. David Markham) (Vernon Series in World History)|
|Publisher||:||Vernon Press February 16, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||334 pages|
|File Size||:||592 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Napoleon's Purgatory: The Unseen Humanity of the "Corsican Ogre" in Fatal Exile (with an introduction by J. David Markham) (Vernon Series in World History) Reviews
Napoleon’s Purgatory picks up where many Napoleonic history books leave off—after his legendary defeat at Waterloo but before his days in exile. The author completes Napoleon’s story using first-hand accounts of the people who knew him on St. Helena. Those accounts reveal Napoleon as a man slowly accepting his stunning fall from power, his struggle to accept his imprisonment, and the impending end of his short life. There are touching stories about his friendship with the local Balcombe family and their children, and the enjoyment he took from simple acts of kindness and playfulness with them and the children of his entourage. Napoleon’s Purgatory is a must-have addition to any Napoleonic history collection and truly pleasurable read.