Emperor's Friend

Emperor's Friend

by Margaret Scott Chrisawn
     
 

An examination of the life of Marshal Jean Lannes, this study looks at the career of the only soldier of any rank who consistently said exactly what he thought to Napoleon at every stage of their amazing careers. The marshal not only survived these frank encounters, he was well rewarded for his abilities, which were remarkable even among the stellar senior officers

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An examination of the life of Marshal Jean Lannes, this study looks at the career of the only soldier of any rank who consistently said exactly what he thought to Napoleon at every stage of their amazing careers. The marshal not only survived these frank encounters, he was well rewarded for his abilities, which were remarkable even among the stellar senior officers who served the Emperor. While Lannes was best known for his military skill, especially as an advance-guard commander, his unconventional three-year diplomatic career was equally noteworthy, since his diplomatic tactics resulted in particular benefits for France. His career spanned much of what many historians and readers believe to be one of the most fascinating and controversial eras in French history.

The marshal's personality and his tendency to lead by example rather than by orders won him the respect and the affection of his troops. He also charmed a diverse number of his contemporaries, from autocratic rulers to literary icons. Although his relationship with Napoleon was stormy at times, he earned and kept the Emperor's friendship and esteem. Chrisawn avoids the tendency of previous biographers to either canonize or condemn the marshal, providing instead a balanced treatment of her subject which includes both his strengths and his shortcomings. Marshal Jean Lannes emerges as a complete person within the context of his own intriguing world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313310621
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2001
Series:
Contributions in Military Studies Series
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

MARGARET SCOTT CHRISAWN is adjunct Professor of History at Tallahassee Community College and a member of the senior management with the Florida Department of Corrections.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: D'Artagnan's Successor, 1769-1792
1The Dyer's Apprentice at War and in Love: L'Armee des Pyrenees-orientales, 1793-17951
2Friends in High Places: L'Armee d'Italie, 1795-179715
3Crocodiles Fighting in the Reeds: L'Armee d'Orient, 1798-179939
4Following Hannibal and Caesar: L'Armee de Reserve, 180063
5A Military Bull in a Diplomatic China Shop: Lisbon, 1802-180487
6The Sun and a Few Stars: Austerlitz, 1805103
7Revanche on a Grand Scale: Jena, 1806133
8Advance-guard Extraordinaire: Friedland, 1807157
9The Dogs of War: The Second Siege of Saragossa, 1808-1809187
10Until the Last One's Gone: Essling, 1809213
Conclusion: Le Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche247
Index253

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