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The Emperor s Last Stand: A Journey to St. Helena.

Julia Blackburn.

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ISBN 10: 067941150X / ISBN 13: 9780679411505
Verlag: Pantheon, New York, 1991, 1991
Neu Zustand: New Hardcover
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Titel: The Emperor s Last Stand: A Journey to St. ...

Verlag: Pantheon, New York, 1991

Erscheinungsdatum: 1991

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:New

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: 1st Edition

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An account of Napoleon's six years on the island of St. Helena describes the island's strange history and recounts the stories, myths, and absurdities that have arisen about Napoleon's stay there.

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After his defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon was exiled to the island of St. Helena--"further away from anywhere than anywhere else in the world," writes Julia Blackburn, who describes the final years of Napoleon's life on this remote rock in the South Atlantic Ocean, where he died in 1821. A handful of quarreling sycophants accompanied him during his exile, all vying for favors and tolerating the former general's constant cheating at card games. Meanwhile, a contingent of British soldiers kept him under close observation. They feared that he would escape, but an attempt was never made. Interestingly, Blackburn disputes the theory that Napoleon was assassinated by arsenic poisoning. She adds details of her own trip to the island, which continues to serve as a bleak outpost of the British Empire. It was apparently once a place of great natural splendor, but early visitors cut down its trees, which loosened the soil for the eroding winds; the island never really recovered. A few maps and photos would have helped, but this unique book deserves attention from all Napoleon fans.

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