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The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte


The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould. 1897 London (Methuen & Co.) A very attractive, rarely seen set (extra illustrated) on one of the most important and controversial figures in French History. London (Methuen & Co.) 1897 printing of "The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould. This is a very special "Extra Illustrated" edition of this two volume set. Each volume is hardcover with 624 total pages between the two volumes. Each volume measures 12-3/8" tall by 8-1/2" wide. In addition to the many text illustrations found in this two volume edition of Sabine Baring-Gould's "Life of Napoleon Bonaparte", this special morocco leather bound set has many added engravings. Volume One has approximately 75 added illustrations, most of them engravings including some hand colored. Volume Two also has approximately 75 added illustrations, most of them also engravings including some also hand colored. Cover is a nice full morocco accented with designs including the Napoleonic initial "N", Napoleonic Eagles, and Napoleonic Bees. "Napoléon Bonaparte (born Napoleone di Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 ¿ 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European affairs for nearly two decades while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He won several of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, rapidly conquering most of continental Europe before his ultimate defeat in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide and he remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in Western history. In civil affairs, Napoleon implemented several liberal reforms across Europe, including the abolition of feudalism, the establishment of legal equality and religious toleration, and the legalization of divorce. His lasting legal achievement, the Napoleonic Code, has been adopted by dozens of nations around the world. Napoleon was born on the island of Corsica to a relatively modest family of noble Italian ancestry. From 1789, Napoleon supported the Revolution and tried to spread its ideals to Corsica, but he was banished from the island in 1793. In 1795, he saved the French government from collapse by firing on the Parisian mobs with cannons, an event known as the 13 Vendémiaire. The Directory then appointed him as General of the Army of Italy at age 26. After marrying Joséphine de Beauharnais in March 1796, he started the Italian military campaign and scored a series of decisive victories that made him famous throughout Europe. In 1798 he launched a military expedition to Egypt, conquering the Ottoman province with a critical victory at the Battle of the Pyramids and facilitating the rise of modern Egyptology. The Directory collapsed when Napoleon and his supporters engineered a coup in November 1799. He was installed as First Consul of the Consulate and progressively extended his personal control over France. A victory over the Austrians at the Battle of Marengo in 1800 cemented his political power. The Consulate witnessed a number of achievements for Napoleon, such as the Concordat of 1801 with the Catholic Church and the Treaty of Amiens in 1802. In 1804, the Senate declared him the Emperor of the French, setting the stage for the French Empire. Intractable differences with the British meant by 1805 the French were facing a Third Coalition. Napoleon shattered this coalition with decisive victories in the Ulm Campaign and a historic triumph at the Battle of Austerlitz. The Peace of Pressburg culminated in the elimination of the millennial Holy Roman Empire. In October 1805, however, a combined Franco-Spanish fleet was destroyed at the Battle of Trafalgar

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