A Life of Napoleon Boneparte

A Life of Napoleon Boneparte

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...are you? " he was asked. " The rear guard of the Grand Army," was the sombre reply of the noble old soldier. Some forty thousand men crossed the river, but of these there were many who could do nothing but crawl to the hospitals, asking for "the rooms where people die." It was true, as Desprez said, the Grand Army was dead. It was on this horrible retreat that Napoleon received word that a curious thing had happened in Paris. A general and an abbe, both political prisoners, had escaped, and actually had succeeded in the preliminaries of a coup d'etat overturning the empire, and substituting a provisional government. They had carried out their scheme simply by announcing that Napoleon was dead, and by reading a forged proclamation from the senate to the effect that the imperial government was at an end and a new one begun. The authorities to whom these conspirators had gone had with but little hesitation accepted their orders. They had secured twelve hundred soldiers, had locked up the prefect of police, and had taken possession of the Hotel de Ville. The foolhardy enterprise went. it is true, only a little way, but far enough to show Paris that the day of easy revolution had not passed, and that an announcement of the death of Napoleon did not bring at once a cry of " Long live the King of Rome! " The news of the Malet conspiracy was an astonishing revelation to Napoleon himself of the instability of French public sentiment. He saw that the support on which hehad depended most to insure his institutions, that is, an heir to his throne, was set aside at the word of a worthless agitator. The impression made on.his-generals by the news was one of consternation and despair.' The...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808568
  • 9781236808561