After the defeat of the Russian campaign, Napoleon was facing a mammouth task: to save his Empire and rebuild his army of which only just over 12,000 men had returned from the Russian hell, just as his former allies became his future enemies.
This publication is in French but Pierre Branda’s Introduction to this volume “Alone, already so alone” (translated here into English) gives a fascinating insight into the subjects covered by these six months of intense letter writing.
The Napoleon Foundation is supported in this historic adventure by the Archives de France, by the Fondation La Poste, and by more than a hundred volunteer workers making this publication entreprise an exceptional work.
Pierre Branda (Ed.), assisted by François Houdecek and Marie de Bruchard
Paris: Éditions Fayard, 2016, 1464 pages.
Volume XIII will be available in bookshops from 23 November 2016.
– Preface by Alain Pigeard, president of the Souvenir Napoléonien
– Editorial Committee for the Correspondance of Napoleon
– Introduction, by Pierre Branda, Heritage Manager, Fondation Napoléon
– Editorial Principles by François Houdecek
– The Correspondance of Napoleon Bonaparte : 2 925 annotated letters
– Letters in private collections (text not available)
— Weights and measures and currency
— Names of places mentioned in the correspondance and their modern-day equivants, (Poland, Russia or Lituania)
— Timeline (January – June 1813), by Irène Delage, head of Documentation, Fondation Napoléon
— Editorial Committee for the Correspondance of Napoleon (continued)
— Handwritten and bibliographical Sources (XIII)
The withdrawal (December 1812 – April 1813)
Situation before Lützen (25 Avril 1813)
From Lützen to Bautzen (May 1813)
Situation at the armistice (June 1813)
the war in Spain (end 1812- June1813)
— Index of Names
— Index of places where the letters were written