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HOUDECEK François, DE LOTH Chantal, De l'empereur au roi. Correspondance d'Eugène de Roussy (1806-1830) (in French)

<i>© Nouveau Monde Editions</i>

© Nouveau Monde Editions

From the publishers:
This publication gathers together 159 previously-unseen personal letters covering the period 1806 to 1830 to trace the career of Eugène de Roussy. A young nobleman from the mountainous Cévennes area in France, de Roussy took part in many of the major campaigns of the First Empire, including Friedland, Wagram and Borodino. Through accounts that put a greater emphasis on military exercises, daily life in the army, and the training of conscripts than on heroic charges, these letters place the reader at the very heart of the Grande Armée. During the Cent-Jours, de Roussy turned his back on Napoleon and rallied to Louis XVIII's call. Stationed with the royalists forces in the Midi, he was involved in the unrest that broke out in the Gard département during the summer of 1815. Post-Napoleon until 1830, he served at his sovereign's side as a member of the Royal Guard. During the July Revolution, he accompanied Charles X as the latter fled to Cherbourg: his account of this journey remains poignantly honest.
These letters offer a veritable snapshot of imperial society, one in which the nobility of the Ancien Régime found itself caught between rallying to the cause and playing the waiting game.
The publication features an introductory preface from Emmanuel de Waresquiel, author of numerous books on Napoleonic history, including Les Cent-Jours ou la tentation de l'impossible.

An expert in the military and social history of the First Empire, François Houdecek works at the Fondation Napoléon as project manager for the publication of the General Correspondence of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Chantal de Loth, a descendent of Eugène de Roussy, is fascinated by the study of private and family archives.
- Preface
- Introduction
- Preliminary note
- Aux gendarmes d'ordonnance
- Au 28e régiment de dragons
- De Paris à Cherbourg
Été 1830
- Annexes
- Sources and bibliography
- Acknowledgements
- Index

Place and publisher: Paris: Nouveau Monde Editions/Fondation Napoléon

Date of publication: 2012

This week’s book(s):

From the publishers:
"... Here, Cronin and Summerfield put their talents together to produce the finest ever study of early Napoleonic Spanish uniforms... There are over 400 colour drawings including over 104 contemporary illustrations from Ordovas (1805 and 1806), Christopher Suhr, Augsburger and Bradford plus 138 uniform schematics based on Jose Bueno & Lienhart & Humbert; 52 flags and shields are depicted; there is one map, 12 orders of battle and 13 tables. This allows the authors to explore in depth the Spanish Infantry of the period 1798-1811, of La Romana's famous division in Denmark and the troops committed to support the French Invasion of Portugal, which of course resulted in the disastrous collapse of the nation to French forces, but not before the old Spanish Regular Army had fought with distinction particularly at Bailen. This is the one and only book you will need on one of the most exotically dressed armies of the Napoleonic period..."

Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 176

From the publishers:
"...This second volume (Volume II: The Germans in Catalonia 1808-1813) of the woes of the Germans in Spain concentrates on those unfortunate enough to have been thrown into the mincing machine of Catalonia and, in particular, the worst-managed operations of the entire peninsular war: the French sieges of Girona. This city was to become the grave of almost the entire German contingent and many others besides. Extracts from the diaries of participants in this grim fiasco give a totally chilling glimpse into the horrors of siege warfare. In contrast, reports of the operations of Spanish regiments, who acted together with Royal Naval support of the eastern coast of Spain open a window onto the world of highly mobile raids into the French lines of communication there, which helped tie down many thousands of French troops, who should have been conquering the remaining free areas of southern and eastern Spain. Includes 11 colour plates by Bob Marrion of uniforms, based on Ludwig Scharf's interpretations from on-the-spot sketches..."  

Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 288

From the publishers:
"...This volume is the beginning of a brand new series devoted to specific units... with 38 colour uniform schema and 50 contemporary colour prints including the superb Opitz plates showing the uniforms of the Cossacks during the occupation of Paris. Here is every piece of information a model soldier painter could desire on the uniforms, flags & equipment, all checked out with the accuracy of Russian source material. More than that, the brief campaign history contains valuable new information based on Russian regimental histories which alters our understanding of the role played by the Guard Cossacks in major engagements..."

Place and publisher: Oxford

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 132

From the publishers:
"...All but forgotten by Americans, the War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a dramatic watershed for the young, groundbreaking United States Republic. Ill-prepared to fight the powerful English nation, the U.S. struggled through three years of conflict but emerged more unified with new patriotic symbols like the "Star-Spangled Banner." Much of the fighting occurred in the Chesapeake region and this new book, In Full Glory Reflected, uncovers its gripping stories of devastating raids, heroic defense, gallant privateers, fugitive slaves, and threatened lands. The historic tales unfold with a lively narrative, well over a hundred vivid illustrations, and clear maps to follow the action. In addition, a travel section provides a rich guide for adventurers who want to step back 200 years and explore the tidewater world where the war was fought. In Full Glory Reflected is an enchanting invitation to travel the Star- Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and discover the amazing world of our ancestors..."

Place and publisher: Baltimore: The Maryland Historical Society

Date of publication: 2012

Number of pages: 256

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