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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people were united in a single wish - to restore the pre-March 1814 status quo.
Meanwhile, on 28 June 1814, Lord Wellington, who had been created a Duke on
3 May, took his seat in the House of Lords as Viscount, Earl, Marquess and Duke.
27 On 29 June: 'I am directed by the Field Marshal [Bliicher] to request Your
Excellency to communicate to the Duke of Wellington, that it had been his
intention to execute Bonaparte on the spot where the duc d'Enghien was shot.
However, out ...
... George IV (Prince Regent); HRH The Duke of Cambridge; HRH The Duke of
Sussex; HRH The Duke of York Public: Record Office Audit Office Papers AO 1/
2121 (declared accounts, Secret Service, 1779-1801) AO 3/949 (various
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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