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WHITE Colin, (ed.) The Nelson Encyclopaedia

Description: This book aims to be the complete Nelson companion, both for the casual reader or for those requiring more detailed information. Includes: entries on people, ships, places and events associated with the man, and extend to contemporary issues like changing interpretations of his actions and motivation. The encyclopedia is arranged alphabetically, fully cross-referenced, every subject is accorded enough length for proper discussion, and each entry is followed by a list of suggested further reading. The book concludes with appendices devoted to a full bibliography, a chronology of Nelson's life and times, and a selection of significant documents, some previously unpublished. Includes illustrations.

Place and publisher: Rochester (UK): Chatham Publishing

Date of publication: 2002

Number of pages: 288

This week’s book(s):

Description: From the publishers:
Marie-Louise's battle against adversity and pursuit of happiness outside conventional morality will appeal to anyone interested in an extraordinary story. It will also appeal to those interested in Napoleon who are prepared to open their minds to the other important facets of his very complex personality. Furthermore, Marie-Louise's tale is an inspiration to the woman of today. Napoleon's Other Wife is also ideally suited as recommended reading for "A" and higher level studies in the French Revolution, Napoleonic period and Italian Risorgimento.
Eighteen-year-old Habsburg Archduchess Marie-Louise leaves Vienna in 1810 to marry Napoleon Bonaparte, now Emperor of France. Among the crowds who welcome her are those who rejoiced as her great aunt Marie-Antoinette's severed head was flaunted seventeen years earlier. Marie-Louise believes her duty is to cement peace between Austria and France, but Klemens Metternich, foreign minister to her father, Emperor Francis, has other ideas.  He has engineered this marriage to change the course of European history. Within a year, Marie-Louise produces the dynastic heir expected of her and long desired by Napoleon. But his ill conceived invasion of Russia changes his fortunes irreversibly. Marie-Louise is forced to choose between her father and her husband when Emperor Francis declares war on Napoleon. She will have to fight for her existence for the rest of her life, not only for herself, but also for her son, to protect him against the Allies' vengeance. Despite the impossible pressures and irreconcilable demands upon her, she refuses to be cowed, strikes out for her own happiness and rides the currents which threaten to undo her.  Her achievements are nothing short of heroic.
This compelling narration of Marie-Louise's story in Napoleon's Other Wife, is unique, addressing the devastating impact of Napoleon's legacy on her private and political existence and revealing a woman of extraordinary resilience and courage.

Place and publisher: Rosa's Press

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 528

Description: From the publishers:
Jeffrey N. Cox reconsiders the history of British Romanticism, seeing the work of Byron, the Shelleys, and Keats responding not only to the 'first generation' Romantics led by Wordsworth, but more directly to the cultural innovations of the Napoleonic War years. Recreating in depth three moments of political crisis and cultural creativity - the Peace of Amiens, the Regency Crisis, and Napoleon's first abdication - Cox shows how 'second generation' Romanticism drew on cultural 'border raids', seeking a global culture at a time of global war. This book explores how the introduction on the London stage of melodrama in 1803 shaped Romantic drama, how Barbauld's prophetic satire Eighteen Hundred and Eleven prepares for the work of the Shelleys, and how Hunt's controversial Story of Rimini showed younger writers how to draw on the Italian cultural archive. Responding to world war, these writers sought to embrace a radically new vision of the world.
- Reconceives the development of British Romanticism that recovers a lost literary epoch
- Discusses how writers, including Byron, Mary and Percy Shelley, and Keats, responded to the Napoleonic Wars
- Shows how Romantic era issues and forms still shape contemporary culture
For an overview of it's contents see this review by Philip Shaw, Professor of Romantic Studies at the University of Leicester, UK.

Place and publisher: New York, Cambridge University Press

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 276

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