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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IN MARCH 1814, NAPOLEON WAS 45 YEARS OLD AND HAD RULED his
Empire for ten years. At its zenith in 1810, the Empire encompassed France, The
Netherlands (created the Kingdom of Holland for his brother Louis), Belgium, and
Just before the Battle of Wagram, the Imperial Decree of 1809 'made at our
palace of Schonbrunn' declared: Rome has always been part of Charlemagne's
Empire. The temporal power has interfered with the Pope's spiritual duties. His
He respected the Marshals for their devotion and duty, '... instead of doing as
many others have done, throwing themselves into our arms and doing their best
to overturn their Emperor and Empire'.22 This statement showed the contempt he
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THE FALL OF NAPOLEON: The Final BetrayalUser Review - www.kirkusreviews.com
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
The fall of Napoleon: the final betrayalUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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