The Island Empire, Or, Scenes of the First Exile of the Emperor Napoleon I; Together with a Narrative of His Residence on the Island of Elba, Taken from Local Information, the Papers of the British Resident, and Other Authentic Sources

The Island Empire, Or, Scenes of the First Exile of the Emperor Napoleon I; Together with a Narrative of His Residence on the Island of Elba, Taken from Local Information, the Papers of the British Resident, and Other Authentic Sources

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...Emperor, the friend chosen as the proxy to espouse the daughter of Austria, raised for himself a reputation for ingratitude and heartlessness which more than equalled that of his military skill and glory. A week had scarcely elapsed from the moment when, at Fontainebleau, he had vowed never to desert his Emperor, when 1 "Athenaeum," August 12, 1854. he delivered to the restored king the message declaring that "France, which for twenty-five years had groaned under the weight of her misfortunes, had during that period longed for the auspicious day that then was dawning." But the French, who before half a century had passed, finally substituted the Imperial for the Royal dynasty, repudiated this conduct; for as the Prince, together with the Duke of Feltre, and the other Marshals, rode into Paris with his new sovereign, the impartial crowd, appreciating his conduct, despite the menaces of the foreign soldiers, cried, "To Elba, Berthier!--To Elba!"1 Three were true to the Emperor: Caulaincourt, Duke of Vicenza; Maret, Duke of Bassano; and Mac Donald, Duke of Tarentum; and of these the last had never been of the number of the most highly-favoured. But one by one they were obliged to leave him, and he remained alone with the noble band who had resolved to follow him to his islandstate. Retired in one corner of his palace, his only occupation the preparatives for departure, the Emperor saw Fontainebleau converted into a desert since the announcement that he had ceased to reign. Still he would not believe that all had left him. Whenever the sound of a carriage, rumbling 1 Due of Rovigo. 156 DEVOTION OF SOLDIERY. through the court, struck his ears, "Is not Berthier returned?" he asked, and the answer was always in...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629760
  • 9781236629760