Napoleon: How He Did It : The Memoirs of Baron Fain, First Secretary of the Emperor's Cabinet
4 illustrations 6 x 9. This is the first complete English translation of Baron Fains memoirs, which have been hailed as the finest existing record of Napoleons organization. Fain worked intimately with Napoleon from 1806 to 1815 and describes in detail the emperors work habits and the functioning of his imperial cabinet at the height of the empire. Besides making fascinating reading, this work is a valuable resource for both the academic researcher and the modern executive who seeks insight into the genius of an empire-builder.
"In 1811, twelve young men were chosen among the families in the Emperors personal service to serve as ushers in his apartments. My mother, attached to the household of the King of Rome as first nurse to the prince, requested this favour for me from the grand chamberlain, the Count de Montesquiou, and it was granted. Louis-Joseph Marchands intimate memoir of his time as Napoleons valet is the last of the significant Napoleonic manuscripts to be translated into English and a unique and precious insight into the last days of Napoleons Imperial project. Serving alongside the Emperor from the apex of his reign and through his eventual demise, Marchand depicts, in remarkable detail, the Russian campaign, the campaigns of Germany and France, Napoleons exile to Elba and subsequent escape, his defeat at Waterloo.Friend and confidante to the leader, Marchand was beside him at the Tuileries during the Hundred Days, and he was present to hear Napoleons last words, France my son the army on the island of St Helena.This sincere and authentic testimony from a man with nothing to hide, nothing to apologise for is both a meticulous historical record and a fresh personal perspective on Napoleon.In this work, Tulard remarks in his preface, the Emperor speaks freely. Listen.. Marchand presents the somewhat familiar history of the Emperor's decline as completely new territory through conversations, fond stories and personal encounters'.' Marchand's memoirs, republished in English for the first time in two decades, represent a truly irreplaceable contribution to Napoleonic scholarship. Beyond the Emperor as commander and conqueror, Marchand, from his privileged vantage point, illuminates Napoleon the man in rich and absorbing detail.'" - John H Gill
Memoirs Illustrating The History Of Napoleon I From 1802 To 1815, 3 Volumes
This is the memoir of one of Napoleon's secretaries, and depicts the observations and ideas of the one of the men of the loyal inner circle that the Emperor employed in his personal service. Meneval replaced the disgraced Bourrienne, who was fired for embezzlement.