Assassination at St. Helena Revisited

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Was Napoleon murdered? This baffling question has been sparking hot debates for nearly two hundred years. But, according to Swedish toxicologist Sten Forshufvud and Napoleonic scholar Ben Weider, the answer is an irrefutable yes. In 1978, their Assassination at St. Helena stunned historians the world over. One of history's most important homicide investigations, it revealed startling yet convincing evidence implicating a nobleman one severely punished by Napoleon. At St. Helena, the nobleman became the defeated ...
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Overview

Was Napoleon murdered? This baffling question has been sparking hot debates for nearly two hundred years. But, according to Swedish toxicologist Sten Forshufvud and Napoleonic scholar Ben Weider, the answer is an irrefutable yes. In 1978, their Assassination at St. Helena stunned historians the world over. One of history's most important homicide investigations, it revealed startling yet convincing evidence implicating a nobleman one severely punished by Napoleon. At St. Helena, the nobleman became the defeated leader's most praised and rewarded attendant... and his executioner. In the years since Assassination at St. Helena first appeared, it has come to be regarded as a classic, a historical investigation par excellence. Now new, definitive evidence is presented for the first time in this revised and expanded edition. Assassination at St. Helena Revisited reveals further corroboration of the authors' acclaimed account of Napoleon's final, tragic years. Carefully researched, with forewords by David G. Chandler and David C. Hamilton-Williams, two of the most respected Napoleonic scholars in the world, this superb volume combines clearly presented scientific evidence with a historical detective story unrivaled in the annals of royal intrigue. Assassination at St. Helena Revisited will surprise, delight, and enthrall Napoleonic buffs everywhere.

Was Napoleon murdered? According to Swedish toxicologist Sten Forshufvud, and Napoleonic scholar Ben Weider, the answer is an irrefutable "yes." In one of history's most intriguing homicide investigations, the authors have compiled startling, yet convincing evidence implicating a nobleman, who was once severely punished by Napoleon, as the defeated leader's killer. Photos.

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Booknews
This edition (first, 1978) gathers new evidence and documentation to show that Napoleon I (1769-1821) was slowly poisoned to death by a courtier with close ties to the Bourbon succession. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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So much has been written about the Emperor Napoleon that most people would have thought the subject of his exile on St. Helena had been thoroughly exhausted. Then in 1978, the publication of a stunning historical investigation, written by a leading Napoleonic scholar and a renowned Swedish toxicologist, took the world by storm. Weider and Forshufvud's Assassination at St. Helena revealed startling and irrefutable evidence that the "Little Corporal" had been murdered. Now, in this revised, expanded edition, the authors provide further information about Napoleon's tragic last years on St. Helena, providing incontrovertible scientific proof that the Emperor died of chronic arsenical intoxication, a slow poison administered by Compte de Montholon, a trusted advisor. Forewords by David G. Chandler & David C. Hamilton-Williams.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737201598
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/6/1995
  • Pages: 555

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:
DISCOVERY AND ACCUSATION.
The Making of an Investigator.
History's Debt to Louis Marchand.
Death Under Medical Direction.
THE VICTIM.
Fortune's Favorite.
A Man for All Occasions.
Via Egypt to High Office.
The Struggle for a Throne.
The Hundred Days.
Prelude to Exile.
THE TRAGEDY AT LONGWOOD.
Toward Other Stars.
On Stage with Napoleon.
A Guest of the Balcombes.
Enter Sir Hudson: The Climate Worsens.
One Drama and Three Producers.
A New Physician Arrives--and Leaves.
A Sick Body But a Sound Mind.
The Last Sacraments.
Montholon Produces Alibis.
FACT AND FICTION.
EXHIBITS IN THE CASE.
Bibliography.
Index.
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