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IGARASHI Yumiko, Joséphine Impératrice (Bara no Joséphine)

<i>©Joséphine Impératrice (Bara no Joséphine), Pika Editions, 2013

©Joséphine Impératrice (Bara no Joséphine), Pika Editions, 2013

Description: Bara no Joséphine is French history seen through the eyes of a famous Japanese shôjo-manga writer. And Candy Candy fans will enjoy the resemblance between the Josephine character and Candy herself - even down to the blonde hair! All the shôjo-manga codes are there: from the pointy chins (suitable for girls and implying goodness) to the rendition of extreme emotions. The (heavily romanticised) story (two volumes published so far) focuses on the rather courtly relationship between Josephine and her servant, Agathon, who travels from Martinique to France with her and attempts to protect her not only from her unfaithful and cruel husband, Alexandre de Beauharnais, but also from his family! The French Revolution is seen mainly through Agathon's eyes, who gives us a glimpse of the common people, whilst Joséphine's world exclusively revolves around aristocratic worldly milieus. Agathon also meets Saint-Just, and other famous historical characters are portrayed in the story. (Spoiler!) Bonaparte only appears at the very end of the second volume: Napoleon fans will have to wait for volumes 3 and 4 to discover his part in Josephine's story.
Half-historical, half-entertainment, this manga will be the perfect Christmas present for a young girl.

L. L.
November 2013
This manga is published in French.

Place and publisher: Paris: Pika Editions

Date of publication: 2013

This week’s book(s):

Description: From the publishers:
"To coincide with the 2015 bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, Osprey publishes Waterloo 1815, a definitive three volume history of the historic battle. Based on new research drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts and illustrations, Waterloo 1815 provides a detailed resource for all aspects of the famous battle.
This first volume of the trilogy, Quatre Bras, focuses on the lead-up to Waterloo itself. Two days before the main battle, an initial 8,000 Allied troops faced the 48,000 men of the French Armée du Nord under Marshal Ney at the strategically vital crossroads of Quatre Bras. Having been tricked by Napolean who was trying to drive a wedge between the Prussians and the Anglo-allied army, Wellington concentrated his troops at Quatre Bras, hoping to link up with the Prussians. There Wellington just managed to hold off Ney's attacks. The battle ended in a tactical stalemate but, because he was unable to join with Blücher's Prussians, Wellington retreated back along the road to Brussels to new positions at a small Belgian village called Waterloo, and thus set the stage for one of the greatest battles of all time.
With detailed maps, illustrations and battlefield dispositions, Quatre Bras will lay the groundwork for any student of the Battle of Waterloo."

Place and publisher: London, Osprey

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 96

Description: From the publishers:
"Waterloo 1815 is a captivating study of the battle of Waterloo, one of the defining campaigns in European history. In particular it focuses on the desperate struggle for Ligny, which saw the Prussians pushed back after heavy fighting by the French Army in what was to be Napoleon's last battlefield victory. With Wellington unable to assist his Prussian allies in time, the Prussian centre was overwhelmed as night began to fall, although the flanks were able to retreat in some semblance of order.

Stunning illustrations augment the drama of the fighting in this area while considerable new research drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts provide a detailed and engaging resource for all aspects of the battle."
Second in John Franklin's series illustrated by Gerry Embleton.
Volume 1 
Volume 3

Place and publisher: London, Osprey

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 96

Description: (Forthcoming June 2015)
From the publishers:
"Waterloo is one of the defining campaigns of European history. The name conjures up images of the terrible scale and grandeur of the Napoleonic Wars and the incredible, combined effort that finally ended Napoleon's aspirations of power in Europe. Drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts and detailed illustrations, this comprehensive volume is the ideal resource for studying the intense fighting at the battles of Waterloo and Wavre, the final, decisive engagements of the Waterloo campaign. Those two battles are at the heart of this study, which explores the action at Mont St. Jean where Wellington managed to hold the French at bay until the arrival of the Prussians under Blücher saw the Allies secure a hard-fought victory at the dramatic climax of the '100 days'."
Third in John Franklin's series illustrated by Gerry Embleton.
Volume 1
Volume 2

Place and publisher: London, Osprey

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 96

Description: Radio editor and historian Günter Müchler's latest book on the ‘100 days that left Europe quaking in its boots' relates the story of ‘the invasion of a country by a single man', as Chateaubriand termed it. A period of extreme tension for France and the rest of Europe, the 100 days herald the end of the ancien régime and the dawn of a new era. Müchler's work spans Napoleon's first abdication in Fontainebleau in 1814 until his exile in Saint Helena. 

Language: German

Place and publisher: Darmstadt, Theiss-Verlag

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 256

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