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"What if the person about whom you are writing is too one dimensional, and the individual exhibits a consistent and relatively simple pattern of conduct throughout life? In such a study, establishing the relevancy of the individual is more difficult in many ways. On one level, that is the dilemma faced by Margaret Scott Chrisawn in her study of, arguably, Napoleon's best subordinate tactical commander in The Emperor's Friend: Marshal Jean Lannes. That she succeeds so admirably in her endeavor is a tribute not only to her research skills, but also to her ability to portray her findings to the reader in a lucid and captivating manner. . . . This is an excellent book and should seve as the foundation for any secondary research on Jean Lannes for the Foreseeble future."
"A lively account of one of the greatest of Napoleon's marshals, the salty, uncouth, and poorly educated Gascon Lannes, one of the few senior French officers who was unimpressed by the Emperor's dignity. The book encompasses both Lannes's private life and his military career in considerable detail. The notes are clear, include many valuable additional, details, insights, and information."
"This valuable and useful book is not for the general reader, but rather for the Napoleonic military scholar, and perhaps the serious and informed Napoleonic military buff as well. It deserves shelf space in any university or good college library whose curriculum devotes more than a passing attention to Napoleon and the Napoleonic era."
History: Review of New Books
"[A] welcome addition to Napoleonic scholarship. Chrisawn brings a lively, conversational style to her subject, drawing on extensive research to assemble a straightforward chronicle of the marshal's life. Dr. Chrisawn has provided a useful introduction to Lannes's life for the general military historian, accompanied by good maps and excellent source notes for future research."
The Journal of Military History