An international scholarly online history journal on First and Second Empire subjects: articles, bibliographies, book reviews, in english and in french


Magazine and News is a place where, every day, we bring you not only what’s going on in the Napoleonic world and interviews with those leading Napoleonic history today, but we also offer you Napoleonic pastimes, entertainments, and even recipes. Enjoy!

Latest updates :

Interview : Alexander Mikaberidze on Russian Voices of the Napoleonic Wars
Press review : Silent London: "How to beat the Napoléon blues" (article on Abel Gance's Napoléon)
Vient de paraitre : Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815-1878
anglegauche angledroit


Each month we present an important recent book, and every week we report on recent publications.
You can also find the books published in previous years by using the scrollbar menu at the bottom of the page. To add one or more books to your «My » account, click on the title(s) and then select «Add to my account».

For information concerning this section, contact us.


BENHAMOU Albert, Inside Longwood - Barry O'Meara's clandestine letters

<i>© Albert Benhamou Publishing</i>

© Albert Benhamou Publishing

From the publishers:
Barry O'Meara was the Navy surgeon chosen by Napoleon in July 1815 to follow him to St. Helena as his personal physician. O'Meara's unique position among the captives gave him an insight into their personal routines and thoughts. His status as a British officer gave him access to Plantation House, seat of the Governor of St. Helena, Napoleon's "gaoler" Sir Hudson Lowe.
Despite the restrictions that surrounded Longwood House, Napoleon's residence, O'Meara decided to conduct a clandestine correspondence with John Finlaison, a friend at the Admiralty in London. His letters recorded his private conversations with the illustrious captive, who became increasingly irritated by Sir Hudson Lowe. In the autumn of 1817, when Napoleon's health began to decline, the Governor would not believe his physician's diagnosis. Pressure was exerted upon O'Meara, but to no avail, and finally, in July 1818, he was expelled from Longwood. Without medical assistance for over a year, and increasingly isolated in his wretched, damp abode, Napoleon's health gradually deteriorated leading to his death in May 1821.
These clandestine letters offer an invaluable insight into Napoleon's state of mind during his captivity. O'Meara would later use them to compile his famous book, A Voice from St. Helena, in 1822. However, in the published work, he exercised restraint and softened the tone of the original letters which now for the first time are published in their entirety in Inside Longwood.

Place and publisher: Albert Benhamou Publishing

Date of publication: 2012

Number of pages: 235

 See all books highlighted as This month's book


Back to the homepage

Back to the section homepage

Back to the heading homepage






Add to your selection



See the books published in




Top of the page

Bulletin | My | Site Map | Contact us | Add to your favourites | Legal | ISSN 2272-1800