Christmas Selection 2017

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We have put together a list of Napoleonic prezzies for young and old. Whether you’re an art lover, a military buff, in search of the authentic voice of the Empire period, or wondering what might have happened if destiny had decided otherwise, there’s bound to be something herein to delight you and your friends and family – all the latest books, DVDs and games – to keep you entranced long beyond the holidays…

For even more choice, have a look at our Summer Reading list 2017 or previous years’ selections: Christmas 2016Summer Selection 2016, Christmas 2015, Summer  2015.

Christmas Selection 2017

Exhibition catalogues

LACAILLE Frédéric (Ed), MARGUERITE Marie-Lys (Ed), Napoléon: Images of the Napoleonic legend
COVILLE Quinton (Ed), WILLIAMS Kate, Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity
GARRIC Jean-Philippe (Ed.), Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions
UCKHARDT Jochen, MINNING Martina, Porcelaine royale. Napoleons Bedeutung für Sèvres und Fürstenberg
BADETZ Yves, ‎ PERRIN Paul, ‎ VIAL Marie-Paule (Eds), COGEVAL Guy, The Spectacular Second Empire, 1852-1870

Biographies: people and personalities of the First or Second French Empire

Mahon William, Waterloo Messenger: The Life of Henry Percy, Peninsular soldier and French prisoner of war
SULLIVAN Anthony, Man of War: The fighting life of Admiral James Saumarez: from the American Revolution to the defeat of Napoleon
HOUNSLOW E J, Nelson’s right-hand Man: The life and times of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Fremantle
FONTANA Biancamaria, Germaine de Staël: A Political Portrait
DEUTSCH Alexandra, A Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
FREER Wendy, Ann Ayre Hely, a Crimean War Nurse from Ravenstone, Leicestershire
ABEL Jonathan, Guibert: Father of Napoleon’s Grande Armée
BROWN Lally, The Countess, Napoleon and St Helena: in exile with the Emperor, 1815 to 1821
BEGLEY Adam, The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera
BURNHAM Robert, MCGUIGAN Ron, Wellington’s Brigade Commanders: Peninsula and Waterloo

Memoirs and letters, from the First French Empire

BOLAND Darrin (trans), Recollections from the Ranks: Three Russian Soldiers’ Autobiographies from the Napoleonic Wars
WILKIN Bernard, WILKIN Rene, Fighting For Napoleon: French Soldiers’ Letters 1799-1815
GLOVER Gareth, A Scot’s Grey at Waterloo: The Remarkable Story of Sergeant William Clarke

The Second Empire Imperial Family 

LANAGAN Glenn, The French Prince: from Tragedy to Transformation

The First French Empire

MUSTAFA Sam A, Napoleon’s Paper Kingdom: The life and death of Westphalia, 1807-1813
GLOVER Gareth, The Forgotten war against Napoleon: Conflict in the Mediterranean

This year’s ‘must have’ publications from the Fondation Napoléon (in French):

DE LAS CASES Comte Emmanuel, HICKS Peter, HOUDECEK François, LENTZ Thierry, PRÉVOT Chantal, Le mémorial de Sainte-Hélène: Le manuscrit original retrouvé (The Memorial of St Helena: the original manuscript)
NAPOLEON I, Correspondance générale de Napoléon Bonaparte. Tome XIV : Leipzig, juillet 1813-décembre 1813 (The General Correspondance of Napoleon Bonaparte, Volume XIV: Leipzig, July 1813-December 1813)
LENTZ Thierry (Ed.), Napoléon et le droit (Napoleon and Law)

Collector Series

DANCOISNE-MARTINEAU Michel, Saint Helena, an island under siege (15 to 17 October 1815)


MARTIN Yves, The French Army of the Orient 1798-1801: Napoleon’s beloved ‘Egyptians’ 
DAWSON Paul L., Napoleon and Grouchy: The last great Waterloo mystery unravelled
DAWSON Paul L., Marshal Ney at Quatre Bras: new perspectives on the opening battle of the Waterloo Campaign
ESDAILE Charles, Godoy’s Army: Spanish Regiments and Uniforms from the Estado Militar of 1800 (a facsimile of an 1800 book, with introduction)
HUSSEY John, Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815: From Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras Volume I
FIELD Andrew, Grouchy’s Waterloo: The Battles of Ligny and Wavre
FIELD Andrew, Waterloo: Rout and Retreat
BARRY Quintin, Far Distant Ships: The Blockade of Brest, 1793-1815

Alternative History

TSOURAS Peter G, Napoleon Victorious!: An alternative history of the Battle of Waterloo
NORTH Jonathan (Ed), The Napoleon Options: alternate decisions of the Napoleonic Wars


OWNER Martyn, Nelson’s Lost Jewel: The Extraordinary Story of the Lost Diamond Chelengk


Sails of Glory: The Napoleonic Wars
Soldier Emperor: Napoleon’s Wars, 1803-1815
Napoleon Saga: Waterloo (This is the newest Napoleonic board game, which has been funded on Kickstarter; late “pledges” are still accepted).


GANCE Abel, Napoleon (1927, 2016 restoration by Kenneth Brownlow, BFI)
A selection of DVDs telling the story of the Napoleonic Wars (from Pen and Sword Books)

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