In this book, subtitled A Diary of Napoleon’s Life 1769-1821, Napoleon’s own words – as recorded on a particular day – are set down as ‘entries’ and offer a year by year insight into the major events of the Napoleonic Wars. The diary reveals the Emperor’s thoughts and actions as his life unfolded and throws light on his attitude to war, politics and the many varied personalities who either surrounded, or opposed, him. As the entries appear on an almost daily basis, the reader has the opportunity to see the course of events as they happened, as well as witnessing Napoleon’s response to the rise and fall of his fortunes, in addition to appreciating his continued attention to detail. This really is fascinating stuff and an excellent introduction is provided by noted military historian Philip Haythornthwaite in which he analyses Napoleon’s words and includes biographical sketches of the leading characters of the time. Biographical notes also support the main text, but there.. Read more
Reviewed by Stuart Asquith, author
Coignet's appeal lies in the simplicity of his writing and his eye for detail. He grabs the reader's attention and keeps it. Not because it is great prose, but because it is like listening to an old veteran spinning war stories in a tavern. The reader is transported to the battlefields and campfires of campaigns of long ago, following the Eagle to both glory and defeat! And when you close the book you will be left with a greater appreciation for the motivation, valor, and sacrifices of the soldiers whose only ambition were to serve their Emperor!
The Napoleon Series
This title was originally published in 1853, then again in 1997. This 2015 edition has been reproduced exactly as the original edition, complete and unabridged, with the addition of an introduction by Peter Hofschrőer. Written as they are by an officer on the Prussian general staff, these memoirs provide an interesting first-hand account/chronicle of the Napoleonic Wars. Baron Carl von Müffling was Marshal Blucher’s liaison officer to Wellington’s headquarters during the Waterloo campaign, but his military career involved much more than that, proving him to be an excellent staff officer. He made a major contribution to the development of the Prussian General Staff and was interested in military topography and maps. His memoirs cover the period from his early posts in 1805 through to Waterloo and the congress of Aix-la-Chappelle at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Peter Hofschrőer’s introduction to this current edition provides biographical details for von Müffling and.. Read more
Stuart Asquith, Author