Napoleon's Marshals

Overview

Napoleon's Marshals led the troops of France in battles across Europe from 1804 to 1815. A mixed group of twenty-six men, some of the Marshals came from aristocratic backgrounds, some had originally pursued tradesmen careers as drapers and bakers, and others rose from total poverty to hold the highest positions in the empire below the emperor himself. Delderfield's exciting chronicle of these men and their battles tells of their origins, their elevation under the rule of Napoleon, the kingships achieved by some ...
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Overview

Napoleon's Marshals led the troops of France in battles across Europe from 1804 to 1815. A mixed group of twenty-six men, some of the Marshals came from aristocratic backgrounds, some had originally pursued tradesmen careers as drapers and bakers, and others rose from total poverty to hold the highest positions in the empire below the emperor himself. Delderfield's exciting chronicle of these men and their battles tells of their origins, their elevation under the rule of Napoleon, the kingships achieved by some and the betrayals of others, and the Marshals' changing relationship with their leader as the fortunes of the empire rose and fell.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
The glory days of France come glitteringly to life.
Los Angeles Times
A long-needed work…. It is no small accomplishment to relate the details, campaigns and fates of so varied a group of men.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815412137
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,117,682
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

R. F. Delderfield (1912-1972) wrote Imperial Sunset: The Fall of Napoleon, 1813-1814, and the novels God Is an Englishman and Theirs Was the Kingdom.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Dramatis Personae xi
I Drumbeat 1
II The Gage of Battle 21
III Italian Spring 33
IV Forty Thousand Castaways 45
V "Security for All!" 56
VI Massena Hears Thunder 62
VII The Unwanted Map 67
VIII "Soldiers, I am Content with You!" 79
IX Titles and Triumphs 86
X The Road to the Raft 98
XI Throne to Let 106
XII The Big River 118
XIII The Road Across the Mountains 134
XIV The Road Across the Plains 147
XV The Road Home 158
XVI "A Set of Scoundrels Going to the Devil" 166
XVII "He is Deaf to our Calamities" 183
XVIII "Send no More Men: I Have Enough!" 192
XIX "We Shall be Hanged if we Live Through This!" 207
XX "Vive Le Plus Fort!" 214
XXI To Valhalla 223
The Sources of This Book 235
Index 243
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