The death of Napoleon in far off St Helena in May 1821 brought to a crescendo twenty-five years of English-language publishing on the Emperor. Thousands of pages, including the Emperor’s will, Barry O’Meara’s Napoleon in Exile, and Emmanuel de Las Cases’ “Journal of Private Life and Conversations of Napoleon” (known in French as the “Memorial”) all appeared within two years of his demise in the South Atlantic. The centenary of Napoleon’s death post-WWI was likewise a period of intense editorial activity: Chaplin, Norwood Young and Watson all wrote fundamental works for the study of Napoleon on St Helena. And the bicentenary has brought with it the original “Memorial”, the complete Gourgaud and a new Bertrand. This presentation proposes to highlight recent research developments and discoveries in British relations with Napoleon on St Helena.
Watch the online discussion live on 18 February 2021 at 6pm GMT or watch the replay at the following link.