This book covers the first part of Napoleon’s return from Elba in 1815, the beginning of “The Hundred Days”. The author uses eyewitness and participants accounts, and often quote their own words on the events. The same technique as the author used in his triology on the Invasion of Russia in 1812. Most books cover this period of “The Hundred Days” rather quickly, so they can get to the main event, The Battle of Waterloo. Here we follow Napoleon from his landing in the south of France all the way to Paris. We are also told how Paris react to news of the landing, and how the statesmen, soldiers and ordinary people of France greeted Napoleon’s return.
Napoleonic Library 1815: THE RETURN OF NAPOLEON Bonaparte’s March Back to Power
Paul Britten Austin, distinguished historian of Napoleon’s assault on Russia, here turns his attention to the Emperor’s return from his first exile on Elba in 1815. His exciting narrative follows Napoleon from his landing in southern France with a tiny force of followers, through his ever more triumphant progress gathering troops on his road north, to his final triumphant entry to Paris and the palace of the Tuileries.
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Paul Britten Austin
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Hardback, 336 pages