PARRY-WINGFIELD John, Napoleon's Prisoner: A Country Parson's Detention in France
© Arthur H. Stockwell
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In 1802 there was a short interlude of peace in the Napoleonic Wars between Britain and France, during which many British of all classes travelled to France. A year later Napoleon resumed hostilities and decreed that all British citizens travelling in France should be interned. These were known as détenus.
One such détenu was the Reverend Lancelot Charles Lee, then a fellow of New College, Oxford, who remained interned for eleven years, mainly in Verdun. Like most internees he was held under house arrest and not as a prisoner and was able to travel outside the Verdun city walls during the day.
This book includes letters which he wrote from France to his cousin, who is the author's great-great-great-grandfather. They paint a vivid and colourful picture of the life of the détenus and of Lee's state of mind during this long separation from his family and friends. In addition the introduction provides detailed background to the détenus' world, and there is a short biography of Lee.
On his return to England, Lee was appointed rector of the country parish of Wootton near Oxford, where he was a popular figure and generous benefactor. He died in 1841 aged seventy-three.
Those looking to explore further the fates of other détenus will find much of interest in our selection of complementary texts and accounts published here on napoleon.org.
Place and publisher: Arthur H. Stockwell
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 108
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In The Barbed Crown, the sixth tale of rogue and adventurer Ethan Gage by William Dietrich, our hero returns to Paris and London. Against a background of imperial pomp and the gathering clouds of war, Gage plots revenge on Napoleon Bonaparte for the kidnap of his son. Paris, the “City of Lights,” shines – but alongside its splendor is great squalor. Heroic patriotism rubs against mean ambition, while grand strategy and back-alley conspiracy are never far apart. While Ethan spies on the French court, his wife, Astiza, works to sabotage Napoleon's coronation using the Crown of Thorns, a legendary relic said to have come from the Crucifixion itself. But when Napoleon is crowned nonetheless, they flee to England.
At Walmer Castle on the English coast, Gage joins a daring campaign by Smith, Fulton, rocket inventor William Congreve and smuggler Tom Johnstone to halt Napoleon's intended invasion of England – a campaign which leads Ethan to take a role in the Battle of Trafalgar itself...
Place and publisher: Harper
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 373
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In the wake of French expansion around 1800, large areas were made Départements of the Republic. These areas became increasingly influenced by French revolutionary reforms. This volume examines the characteristics of Napoleonic hegemony in these areas, from conquest to the integration, considering these central aspects: land and politics; society and war; economics and the environment; representation and legacy. The geographic spectrum extends from the Rhineland to Switzerland, Piedmont, Liguria and Rome and Southern Italy.
GUIDO BRAUN, GABRIELE B. CLEMENS,
LUTZ KLINKHAMMER, ALEXANDER KOLLERNapoleonische Expansionspolitik: zu den ambivalenten Auswirkungen von Eroberung und Integration p.1
STUART WOOLF Napoleon: politics of integration? p. 18
THIERRY LENTZ Neue Ideologie und grundlegende Konstanten in der europäischen
Diplomatie des Napoleonischen Zeitalters p. 27
MICHAEL BROERS Transformation and Discontinuity from the old order to
the modern state in the Piedmontese and Ligurian Départments
of Napoleonic Italy p . 41
JOHN A. DAVIS Napoleon and Naples: the Imperial Project in Mediterranean
Perspectives p. 53
GABRIELE B. CLEMENS Napoleonische Transformationen der Nachbarstaaten. Die rheinischen Départements und die Schweiz p. 63
MASSIMO CATTANEO Das napoleonische Rom (1809–1814). Konsensstrategien und
Verweigerungshaltung p. 83
Conscription and Desertion in France and Italy under Napoleon p. 102
LUTZ KLINKHAMMER Kontrolle und Identität. Die Grenzen der Freiheit im Rheinland und in Piemont unter französischer Herrschaft p. 120
VOLKER SELLIN Der napoleonische Staatskult p. 138
HANS-PETER ULLMAN Territoriales Finanzwesen, französische Raubwirtschaft und
napoleonisches Finanzsystem im linksrheinischen Deutschland p. 160
WOLFRAM SIEMANN Der Umgang mit Umwelt und Natur in der napoleonischen Ära p. 172
HEINZ-GERHARD HAUPT Zur Reichweite napoleonischer Gewerbepolitik. Die Zünfte in den annektierten Gebieten p. 193
Napoleonische Herrschaft in Bild und Text p. 205
Napoleon der „Weltfresser“? Die europäische Karriere eines anti-revolutionären Bildmotivs p. 241
LUIGI MASCILLI MIGLIORINI
Eine Geschichte der zweiten Dimension. An den Wurzeln der Napoleon-Biographie p. 271
Place and publisher: Berlin: De Gruyter
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 286
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