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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As a consequence, on one occasion Blucher had Ney in a trap and required
Langeron to cut off his retreat. Langeron refused on the grounds that his men
were tired! On another occasion Blucher had ordered his army only to retreat if
It is inconceivable that any commander would not have wanted to shut this line of
retreat, effectively locking Napoleon in a trap - unless it were policy not to do so -
with nearly 80,000 men in reserve near the Pleisse this could be accomplished ...
Fearing for his line of communications, on 22 February he ordered a further
retreat to Chaumont. The Allies agreed that a fresh request be made to Napoleon
for an armistice, while their demoralized troops, half-starved and half-frozen from
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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