By Philip Dwyer
Published Apr 2018
He owned our hearts because he was our Emperor, but also because he was for us the heart of France.
This meticulously researched study opens with Napoleon no longer in power, but instead a prisoner in a dressing gown on the island of St Helena. This may have been a great fall from power, but Napoleon, international celebrity of his age, still held immense attraction. Every day, huge crowds would gather on the far shore in hope of catching a glimpse of him. Exile was decided upon by his captors as the only solution for containing the troublesome potential of this once most powerful of leaders.
Philip Dwyer closes his ambitious trilogy exploring Napoleon’s life, legacy and myth by moving from those first months of imprisonment, through the years of exile, up to death and then beyond, examining how the foundations of a legend that had been laid by Napoleon during his lifetime continued to be built upon b his followers.
Napoleon. Passion, Death and Resurrection 1815-1840 is a considered and illuminating exploration of one of the most charismatic and able leaders of history in the closing chapters of his life. It is a fitting and authoritative end to a definitive work.
A work of deep scholarship and at the same time a gripping story.