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Nelson at NaplesNelsonAtNaples: Revolution and Retribution in 1799

Did Nelson commit a war crime at Naples in the summer of 1799? I think he did. And I hope this study of the revolution in Naples, and Nelson’s involvement with its destruction, proves it.

This book asks whether Nelson could have been capable of such a betrayal, and sifts the evidence surrounding the controversy. It makes use of accounts by Cardinal Ruffo, Lady Hamilton and Admiral Nelson himself, as well as by countless others caught up in those brutal events, to tell the story of the atrocity committed in Naples in the summer of 1799. From those words, from all those experiences, comes the drama. But to Naples alone belongs the tragedy.

You can see more of the research that went into the book here. And a recent review of it here.

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Glory and Despair: Polish Accounts of the Sieges of Saragossa, 1808 and 1809Glory and Despair Cover

Napoleon’s troops included a large contingent of Poles. This book presents four detailed eyewitness accounts by three Polish infantry officers and a cavalry officer of the Vistula Legion. It relays their sense of horror at the slaughter and awe at the heroism of the besieged, and reveals their doubts as they, men who had enlisted with the French to liberate their own country, found themselves thrown into a conflict so evidently destroying the liberty of others.

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Killing Napoleon: The Plot to Blow Up Bonapartekilling N

It was Christmas Eve. The streets of central Paris were crowded with citizens. Some were shopping, some were eating and some were drinking. Others were plotting murder. The murder of Napoleon. A group of fanatical royalists were conspiring to set off a cart bomb as he passed by on the way to the opera. The bomb went off, killing and wounding scores, but Napoleon escaped. But only just. His response was to use the atrocity to sweep away the last vestiges of opposition to his rule, whilst his police were given the more mundane task of tracking down the perpetrators.

I have looked at a whole sequence of plots and conspiracies that were being hatched in late 1799 and 1800 but the bulk of the book examines the group behind the detonation of the infernal machine. Who were they? Who supported them? How did they plan and execute their mission? How were they traced by the police? How was it some were caught but some escaped?