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Marengo (Hardback)

The Victory That Placed the Crown of France on Napoleon's Head

Military > French Revolutionary Wars Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic

By Terry Crowdy
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781473859203
Published: 6th August 2018



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On 14 June 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte fought his first battle as French head of state at Marengo in northern Italy. Unexpectedly attacked, Napoleon’s army fought one of the most intense battles of the French Revolutionary Wars. Forced to retreat, and threatened with encirclement, Napoleon saved his reputation with a daring counterattack, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. This battle consolidated Napoleon’s political position and placed the crown of France within his reach.

Meticulously researched using memoirs, reports and regimental histories from both armies, Marengo casts new light on this crucial battle and reveals why Napoleon came so close to defeat and why the Austrians ultimately threw their victory away. With the most detailed account of the battle ever written, the author focuses on the leading personalities in the French and Austrian camps, describing the key events leading up to the battle, and the complex armistice negotiations which followed. For the first time, the author exposes the full story of Carlo Gioelli, the enigmatic Italian double agent who misled both armies in the prelude to battle.

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Gloire & Empire N°85

Marengo is well written. Its exciting descriptions of the battle at all levels will appeal to
those with just a passing interest in the topic, yet it has enough new information to hook
the specialist. Highly recommended.

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The Napoleon Series

An excellent opportunity to get passionate about the Napoleonic epic that began precisely with this battle (even if Napoleon had already made himself known in Toulon and in the Italian campaign of 1796/7) and that will conclude just on the same days 15 years later. Those who know the battle will appreciate Crowdy's style and the passion he puts into telling it through new points of view.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

This was a really enjoyable read. I love Napoleonic history, and enjoy most of what I read on the subject, albeit to varying degrees. This is right up there with the best. Highly recommended.

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Amazon Customer, Sebastian Palmer

What can you say about this book? I think this time I can keep it short because it is a fantastic book around one of Napoleon’s most famous victories of his career. The French and Austrian espionage is also covered, which is overlooked in many other books. Clear maps with all the stages of the battle, general overview maps and beautiful images, register and index complete the book. I highly recommended this book!

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The New Royalty World Blog

T. E. Crowdy’s Marengo is not a novel but an excellent factual account. However he fills out the facts with detail and evocative descriptions which grip the reader as a good novel should... This is a book has both story and information it can be both studied and enjoyed. We highly recommend it to all levels of readership.

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Clash of Steel

... Purchase nonetheless recommended, if only to follow the exploits of the consular guard!

VaeVictis, November/December 2018
 Terry Crowdy

About Terry Crowdy

Terry Crowdy is a well-established military historian with particular interest in the Napoleonic period, though his many previous books also include works on other conflicts and the history of espionage. His fascination with Napoleon's army led him to be a keen reenactor for many years. He works for the Royal Palaces, based in Hampton Court. He lives in Rainham, Kent.

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