The fall of Napoleon: the final betrayal
This important study of the cause and effects of Napoleon's removal from power tracks the significant events in his illustrious career through to his downfall and, while doing so, charts the clandestine diplomatic intrigues linking Britain, Austria, Russia and Prussia in the quest for the Emperor's demise.
Using substantial new research, David Hamilton-Williams questions many of the established views presented in Napoleonic literature to date. By disclosing hitherto secret terrorist organizations, uncovering the attempts to assassinate Napoleon, highlighting unbridled political duplicity, and demonstrating a host of previously misinterpreted signals and actions, he instigates a fresh assessment of the fall of Napoleon, new reasons to consider how much it was self-inflicted and how much it became inevitable given the combined forces - 'friend' as well as 'foe' - ranged against him.
However great his military campaigns, how often he was victorious on the battlefield, Napoleon was destined to be deposed by political connivance and personal betrayal.
This volume is the second of a trilogy by David Hamilton-Williams. In Waterloo: New Perspectives he shed new light on the greatest battle of all, causing historians to reappraise their opinions and revise their maps; in The Last Battles: Napoleon, Murat and the Italian Campaign he reviews the chequered partnership between the Emperor and the commander he made King of Naples.
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He ordered Becker to take his plan to Davout and Fouche\ and tell that he would
be prepared to act in the capacity of a General for the provisional government if
need be. Napoleon was frantic; here was the opportunity that had eluded him in ...
In case of a reverse, had Davout sufficient reserves? Could the approaches to
Paris be defended, including the left bank? Certainly, although the left bank was
not fortified. Fouche knew this, he had had all work on it stopped. The wrangling ...
Archives du Service historique de 1'dtat-major de I'armee, cartons C14/1-20,
General d'Erlon to Marshal le prince d'Eck- miihl [Davout]) 2 Mai 1815: Two days
ago, a soldier from the 19th regiment of the line, while storing his cartridges,
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A well-researched and original, if somewhat overwrought, history of Napoleon's fall from power, from his return from Moscow to his death in 1821 on the island of St. Helena. Hamilton-Williams ... Read full review
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This second volume in a trilogy following Waterloo: New Perspectives (LJ 10/1/94) explores the political and diplomatic intrigues carried out by France's enemies-Britain, Russia, Austria, and Prussia ... Read full review