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By H. E. Marshall. Perhaps France’s most famous modern historical figure, Napoleon Bonaparte’s legacy still reaches over Europe today in legal codes and even many national boundaries.
Master storyteller H. E. Marshall takes the reader on an enthralling account of this dynamic military genius’s career, starting with his birth in Corsica to an Italian noble family, his rapid ascent in the French military, his first campaigns in support of the ideals of the French Revolution, his ascent to the First Consulship of France, his great military victories against the Old States of Europe, and the perversion of his erstwhile revolutionary ideals with his self-proclaimed ascension to the title of Emperor.
From there the story continues, revealing many hidden but fascinating details of Napoleon’s life—for example, his personal interactions with his troops which earned him the undying loyalty of millions, and of how Beethoven dedicated a symphony to him.
Napoleon’s astonishing list of campaigns—in Italy, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Prussia, Poland and finally Russia—are considered in detail, and all his victories and defeats are examined in the easy-to-read and exciting style for which H.E. Marshall was famous.
Finally, Napoleon’s defeat, exile to Elba, triumphant return, the “100 days” until the Battle of Waterloo, exile to St. Helena and death, mark the end of this riveting book which is guaranteed to hold the reader’s attention from the first page onwards.
“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”—Napoleon Bonaparte.
About the author: About the author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (1867–1941) was a British author, particularly well known for her works of popular national history for children. She was born in Scotland, and travelled extensively, writing on historical topics close to her heart. Her works include Scotland’s Story: A History of Scotland for Boys and Girls (1906), Beowulf: Translations (1908), Our Empire Story (1908), English Literature for Boys and Girls (1909), A History of France (1912), A History of Germany (1917), This Country of Ours (1917), and Kings and Things (1937).
176 pages. Paperback.
Chapter I: About a Rocky Island in the Blue Sea
Chapter II: Lessons and Play
Chapter III: School Days
Chapter IV: More School Days
Chapter V: From Brienne to Paris
Chapter VI: Napoleon Becomes Lieutenant
Chapter VII: Napoleon Visits His Old Home
Chapter VIII: Toulon
Chapter IX: The Taking of Toulon
Chapter X: Napoleon’s Marriage
Chapter XI: Napoleon Passes the Alps
Chapter XII: In the Great Plain of Italy
Chapter XIII: The Little Corporal
Chapter XIV: About Some of the Towns which Napoleon Saw in Italy
Chapter XV: Mantua and Venice
Chapter XVI: Napoleon Returns to France
Chapter XVII: Napoleon Sets out for Egypt
Chapter XVIII: The Mamelukes
Chapter XIX: The Pyramids
Chapter XX: Napoleon Marches into Asia
Chapter XXI: The Return from Egypt
Chapter XXII: First Consul of France
Chapter XXIII: Napoleon Crosses the Alps
Chapter XXIV: The World at Peace
Chapter XXV: Napoleon Consul for Life
Chapter XXVI: More Belgian Towns
Chapter XXVII: The Emperor
Chapter XXVIII: The Crowning of the Emperor
Chapter XXIX: About the German Empire
Chapter XXX: From Ulm to Vienna
Chapter XXXI: The Battle of Austerlitz
Chapter XXXII: War Once More
Chapter XXXIII: The Battles of Jena and Auerstadt
Chapter XXXIV: The Battle of Trade and the War of Commerce
Chapter XXXV: A Winter in Poland
Chapter XXXVI: The Peace of Tilsit
Chapter XXXVII: Into Portugal
Chapter XXXVIII: Into Spain
Chapter XXXIX: Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain
Chapter XL: The Maid of Saragossa
Chapter XLI: The Court at Erfurt
Chapter XLII: Corunna
Chapter XLIII: The Battles of Aspern-Essling and Wagram
Chapter XLIV: The Empress Marie Louise
Chapter XLV: Into Russia
Chapter XLVI: The Taking of Smolensk
Chapter XLVII: The Burning of Moscow
Chapter XLVIII: The Retreat from Moscow
Chapter XLIX: Napoleon’s Last Great Victory
Chapter L: A Last Good-Bye
Chapter LI: The Emperor of Elba
Chapter LII: Corporal Violet
Chapter LIII: Napoleon’s Last Battle
Chapter LIV: The End
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