HAUSSADIS Jean-Marie (ed.), ROBBE Emilie (ed.),
Napoléon et les Invalides (in French)
© Editions de la Revue Napoléon
From the editor:
Of the many illustrious names who have helped to make France what it is, two in particular have left their mark on the Hôtel national des Invalides: Louis XIV, who issued Libéral Bruant and Jules-Hardouin Mansart with the task of constructing the building that would provide shelter for his soldiers, and Napoleon I, who made it a pantheon to the Nation's military glory. From the crypt housed in the Dôme au Musée de l'Armée, to the statue that watches over the inner courtyard and oversaw the retour des cendres from St Helena, the shadow and presence of the French Emperor is felt everywhere. As the Musée de l'Armée prepares to unveil its newly reorganised Modern History collection (1643 - 1870), the time seems right to revisit the subject.
Co-published by the Musée de l'Armée and Editions de la Revue Napoléon, supported by the Fondation Napoléon, "Napoléon et les Invalides" adopts a synthetic approach, examining every aspect, both famous and unknown, tying the Emperor to the Hôtel national des Invalides.
To set the scene, a number of articles will discuss a variety of themes, ranging from military history to art, before moving onto the history of the museum's collections themselves, tracing their own personal stories before they appear in their cases.
Attention then turns to the objects themselves. Richly illustrated, and full of detail, the catalogue will cover not only the most famous items, but also some not seen before. Weapons, insignias, uniforms, medals, artillery, luxury items and those of a daily use all feature and all evoke the Emperor, his marshals and other individuals unknown to us but who nevertheless contributed to the glory of the Grade Armée.
Place and publisher: Annecy: Editions de la Revue Napoléon
Date of publication: 2010
Number of pages: 432
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Description: Mike Holgate is a writer, musician and librarian at Torquay Library, resident of Torquay where the ship Belleruphon was anchored for a few days in July 1815. He has used contemporary sources, allowing the reader to relive the excitement that buzzed in and around the bay of Plymouth Sound on the South Devon coast of England, where Britain's most famous ever asylum seeker waited for an answer to his request to the Prince Regent to be able to settle in Britain following his abdication as Emperor of France, after the devastating defeat of his army at Waterloo. The book is rich with first-hand accounts of the sightings of the man that most Britons has feared and despised, and the effervescence of enthusiasm and admiration that this caused among many who saw him. The book is also illustrated by numerous contemporary drawings and illustrations, folk-songs and poems.
Place and publisher: London, Halsgrove
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 128
Description: From the publishers:
"Published in the 200th Anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo a witty look at how the French still think they won, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde.
In France, Waterloo is still an open wound. The French know they lost, but they can't believe it, and think they were robbed. Two centuries after the Battle of Waterloo -- June 18, 1815 -- the French believe that whoever rules the universe got it wrong when Napoleon had victory snatched from his grasp. They are suffering in very much the same way as the English about almost every World Cup defeat to Germany since 1966. The Prussian General Blücher, arriving at the last minute to save Wellington from imminent defeat, was clearly offside and his goal really shouldn't have been allowed. Behind all the serious historical analysis, it honestly is that simple.
How the French Really Won Waterloo re-examines Waterloo, and France's feelings about it. Napoleon is a national hero, he was a winner, not a loser -- mais bien sûr!"
Place and publisher: London, Century
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 288
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