IN NAPOLEON’S SHADOW The Memoirs of Louis-Joseph Marchand, Valet and Friend of the Emperor 1811-1821

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Along with General Bertrand’s memoirs, Louis-Joseph Marchand’s memoirs are the best account of the Emperor Napoleon’s exile in St. Helena. Serving as valet to Napoleon, Marchand traces the path of the Emperor from his high point to his first exile in Elba and later exile on St. Helena. Marchand’s intimate acquaintance with the Emperor dates from his service on Elba. The tragic details of the Hundred Days and the flight from France after Waterloo are recounted by a literate and knowledgeable man who fully realised he was writing about an era and a leader of great import.

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