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Napoleon : passion, death and resurrection, 1815 -1840
Napoleon : passion, death and resurrection, 1815 -1840
Dwyer, Philip2018
This meticulously researched study opens with Napoleon no longer in power, but instead a prisoner in a dressing gown just off the English coast. This may have been a great fall from power, but Napoleon, international celebrity of his age, still held such immense attraction and glamour that every day, huge crowds would gather on the far shore in the hope of catching a glimpse of him. Exile on St Helena was decided upon by his captors as the only possible solution for containing the potential for trouble of this once most-powerful of leaders. Philip Dwyer closes his ambitious trilogy exploring Napoleon's life, legacy and myth by moving from those first months of imprisonment, through the years of exile, up to death and then beyond, taking his work into an examination of how the foundations of legend that had been laid by Napoleon during his lifetime continued to be built upon by his followers.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
x, 390 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color), maps, portraits (mostly color) ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-376) and index.
Machine generated contents note: EXILE, 1815 -- 1.The Fallen Hero -- `We Have Got Bonaparte' -- Napoleomania -- The Black Legend -- `A Mood of Recrimination' -- `The Place in the World Best Calculated for Confinement' -- The Chosen Few -- `I Do Not Voluntarily Go' -- 2.Golgotha -- The Passage -- The Recollections Begin -- `The First Link in the Chain' -- The Briars as Earthly Paradise -- `Dignity Oppressed by Force' -- Longwood -- PASSION, 1816--1821 -- 3.Staging the Passion -- Hudson Lowe -- `Unreasonable and Unjust' -- The Allied Commissioners -- Letters from St Helena -- `The Face of a Hyena Caught in a Trap' -- `The Greatest Gluttons and Epicures I Ever Saw' -- `The Little Luxuries That Were Denied Him' -- Crown of Thorns -- 4.`Longwood has Become Unbearable' -- Bonapartists and Plots of Escape -- Rumours and Sightings -- Barry O'Meara -- `Between the Anvil and the Hammer' -- Forsaken -- Las Cases' Betrayal -- Gourgaud as Jealous Lover -- The Servants -- Albine --Contents note continued: Napoleon's Doctors and Lowe's Paranoia -- DEATH, 1821 -- 5.The Last Stations of the Cross -- `A Strong Disposition towards Seclusion' -- Decline -- `I Would Like to Die: I am Not Afraid of Death' -- Deliverance -- The Body Made Public -- Burial -- The Exiles Depart -- 6.Mourning from Afar -- `He is not Dead' -- `Only Death Proved that He Was Mortal' -- `Napoleon Has Died of Poison' -- The Poem and the Image -- `He Will Return When He Likes' -- REDEMPTION, 1821--1840 -- 7.Voices from Beyond the Grave -- Shaping the Past, Constructing the Future -- O'Meara's Napoleon -- The Bonapartist Bible -- Las Cases' Memorial -- The Saviour of the Revolution -- The Supreme Commander -- Napoleon on the Couch -- Writing Napoleon -- The Melancholy Hero -- 8.Contextualising the Cult -- A France Divided -- Sites of Contestation -- The Commercialisation of Memory -- Singing Napoleon -- The Three Glorious Days -- Staging Napoleon -- Picturing Napoleon --Contents note continued: Louis-Philippe and the Official Cult -- A Particular Vision of Napoleon -- The Vendome Column -- The Arc de Triomphe -- The Museum of the History of France -- THE RETURN, 1840 -- 9.Resurrection -- Adolphe Thiers and Napoleon's Remains -- `Blowing on the Sparks' -- The Final Resting Place -- `As If He Were Asleep': Exhumation -- 10.The Second Coming -- The Return of the Messiah -- Limiting Popular Participation -- Reading the Crowd -- The Meaning of the Procession -- Transmogrification -- The Ghost of Napoleon.
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