LA GUERRE SECRÈTE DE NAPOLÉON - ÎLE D'ELBE 1814-1815 (NAPOLEON'S SECRET WAR, ELBA 1814-1815)
Description: The nine-month reign of a giant of Lilliput: intrigue, secrets and preparations for the return finally laid bare.
Napoleon stayed three hundred days on the island of Elba, from 3 May, 1814, to 26 February, 1815. This period if often seen as an interlude in the ‘epic' of Napoleon's life, so much did it seem like the giant only cared for the sleepy 244 km2 of his tiny kingdom and minuscule population.
Not so, says Pierre Branda. The stay on Elba, he maintains, was far from being a rest for Napoleon. His every action was closely scrutinised, and he was put under pressure by the victors of 1814. As a reaction, Napoleon never ceased in organising projects and plots, sometimes extremely far-fetched, to try to get away. He also waged a secret war, which in the end he won, since his adversaries did not see it coming..
Using little-known and certain never-before-published sources, Branda lays bare all the schemes and plans, traps and counter-traps used by the great strategist to prepare the landing in the Golfe Juan which astounded Europe.
Read the interview here on napoleon.org of Pierre Branda on the subject of his book
Place and publisher: Paris, Perrin
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 450 p
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Description: We are delighted to announce this week the winners of this year's Fondation Napoléon History Prizes! Competition this year was very stiff, with a remarkable number of meticulously researched, lavishly produced, brilliantly argued works under consideration, but our Jury managed to whittle them down to just three. The 2014 First Empire Prize is awarded to Irène Delage and Chantal Prévot's Atlas de Paris au temps de Napoléon; the 2014 Second Empire Prize to Étienne Chilot's Un jardin pour Eugénie; and the Jury Prize to Andrew Roberts for his Napoleon the Great. The award ceremony will take place in the Hôtel de Charost, the British Ambassador's residence in France and former home of Napoleon I's sister, Pauline Borghese, on 9 December.
Our warmest congratulations to all our winners!
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