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Napoleon's Marshals by R. F. Delderfield

Napoleon's Marshals

by R. F. Delderfield

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1035 Napoleon's Marshals, by R. F. Delderfield (read 29 Nov 1969) The author is British but his admiration for aspects of Napoleon permeates his books and is contagious. I found myself half-consciously "for" Napoleon all the way through this book. I suppose it is a grandeur, an air, a mystique: I do not know; but one must admire genius like Napoleon's. This book covers Napoleon by studying his 26 marshals: the 18 created in 1804 (Kellerman [the victor of Valmy in 1792], Lefebvre [who had charge of bringing Louis XIV and family back to Paris in 1791]; Perignon; Serurier; Berthier [Napoleon's chief of staff]; Murat [brother-in-law of Napoleon, King of Naples, superb cavalry leader, nutty show-off, who was shot in 1815]; Moncey; Jourdan; Massena [miser]; Augereau; Bernadotte [who became Crown Prince of Sweden and was present at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig in 1813 with the enemies of Napoleon]; Soult; Brunne; Lannes [first to die of the 18, of wounds suffered at Essling & Aspern in 1809]; Mortier; Ney [the most famous marshal of all, shot on Dec 7, 1815]; Davout; and Bessieres; Victor, named in 1807; MacDonald, Marmont, and Oudinot, named in 1809; Suchet, named in 1811; St. Cyr, named in 1812; Poniatowski, named in 1813--and killed 40 hours later; and Grouchy, named shortly before Waterloo. It is a fantastic saga, the story of Napoleon, and my reading in the era has been a delight. ( )
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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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