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Napoleon and His Marshals (Lost Treasures S.) At a time when military commanders in Europe were royal princes and dukes, Napoleon s marshals were often the sons of peasants or clerks And they were usually half the age of their opponents whom they thrashed soundly with almost monotonous regularity This is the story of Ney, Murat, Soult, Davout, Bernadotte, Massena, Lannes, Marmont and Augereau It took, for instance, onlydays for the entire Prussian army to be defeated and one of the French marshals, Augereau, had the pleasure of taking prisoner the feared Prussian Guards, a regiment he had desertedyears earlier in order to become a dancing master AG Macdonell is also the author of England, their England

  • Hardcover
  • Napoleon and His Marshals (Lost Treasures S.)
  • A.G Macdonell
  • 06 June 2017
  • 1853752223

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11 thoughts on “Napoleon and His Marshals (Lost Treasures S.)

  1. Simon Binning Simon Binning says:

    I am always wary of reading old history books new information appears all the time, interpretations change, and old writing styles can be difficult This book is a delightful exception Originally published in 1934, it is written in a very light way, and is never stuffy or dry indeed at times it is almost gossipy, sometimes very funny.It does exactly what the title suggests rather than rehashing a biography of Napoleon, it looks at the lives of his marshals, his relationship with them, and, perhaps most importantly, their relationship with each other Before reading this book, I could name probably five or six of these men, but in all, Napoleon appointed eighteen, and their story is well told in this work Most were from very humble origins a result of the meritocracy which the Emperor initiated and their achievements were varied Some were magnificent generals, able on their day to rival Napoleon himself, some were great staff officers, one founded a Royal House still in existence today, others were mediocre in the extreme, but rewarded for political reasons Napoleon was not just a remarkable military leader, but a great politician and psychologist as well.But the really good reading is about their relationships with each other Probably because of their origins given the age in which they lived they were mostly incredibly insecure At best, they generally disliked one another, at worst, were happy to see a rival fail As MacDonell shows, this played a huge part in bringing Napoleon s Empire down His descriptions of the foibles of each of these men is immensely readable, and at times very funny.All in all, this is a very readable book So much has been written about Napoleon, and his military successes and failures This book reminds us that he did not work alone even he was dependent on others, and whilst they often let him down, they also won battles for him Yes, you need to remember that new evidence will have surfaced since this was written, but for a general overview, it is hard to beat.

  2. activities-crafts-games.co Customer activities-crafts-games.co Customer says:

    Very opinionated I don t always agree, but he s always interesting Some of the writing is quite dated it was written between the two World Wars Good, if you ve read other books about the same topic but if you re only going to read one about the Napoleonic era, it shouldn t be this one And it details what happened to all the Marshals afterwards, which some histories don t do.

  3. BardM BardM says:

    This book was made very readable by the lively, no holds barred descriptions of Napoleon s Marshalls and what they did, but as a novice to the Napoleonic era greater background to the events would have been helped Napoleon s army in Egypt couldn t escape by sea due to the Royal Navy and their attempt to travel back by land was blocked in Palestine Tantalisingly, the author then moves on to other events Perhaps the answer lies in the remainder of the book that is still to be read.

  4. G. B. Lawrence G. B. Lawrence says:

    I don t know if Macdonell s portrayal of Napoleon s Marshals as a bunch of vain, petty, stupid, incompetent, self seeking individuals is fair or accurate but it makes a very entertaining read You get the impression of Napoleon as a harassed father trying to keep a group of unruly schoolboys in check.But there is praise where praise is due, particularly for Suchet and Ney The tales of Ney s bravery during the retreat from Moscow is very moving.

  5. DR NEIL C SCOTT DR NEIL C SCOTT says:

    What a great book I can t comment on its historical accuracy though I ve seen nothing in it so far that contradicts anything else I ve read , but it s beautifully written in a very engaging style and gives a real insight into the strengths, weaknesses and peculiarities of the marshals It s particularly good on the relationships between the marshals which are particularly entertaining You really don t need to be that interested in the marshals to get a great deal out of this book.

  6. Michael Matthews Michael Matthews says:

    I found the book to be an interesting read and did not realize that Napolean and his wars was so recent and that so many Idiots were sent to fight and or promoted for their efforts Currently I am half way through and enjoying it very much.

  7. Anthony Litton Anthony Litton says:

    Well written overview focusing on Napoleon s Marshalls and not letting them be overshadowed by him, as, inevitably often happens in writings about the period The overview is lightened by frequent flashes of dry humour which added to the pleasureof reading the book.

  8. M Bowden M Bowden says:

    A cracking well told story narrative history at its best I am sure that recent scholarship will have changed views of Napoleon s Marshals but Macdonnell s prose really brings them to life as a group of flawed but very interesting human beings.

  9. Swenson Swenson says:

    A G Macdonell s seminal opus is the exception to a rather substandard writing career However, his deliberate effort and enthusiasm shines through with this extraordinary tale of high adventure Told with a contagiously dashing prose, witty observations, and unapologetic humor, Macdonell brings the tensions of the times to life through his articulately sketched characters And what characters they were If Napoleon had generals with similar skill levels of those of either Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan, there s no telling how far his successes would have reached, nor how long they could have been sustained But that s the point that Macdonell almost uniquely makes throughout his narrative thread that an army that inherently relied on standouts from the Enlightenment for its glory was also undone by the same tenacity of spirit that engenders all rebels, pirates, and smugglers to return to their roots as individual crusaders led by their own motives.

  10. tracker tracker says:

    A rather pedestrian rehash of Napoleonic marshalslittle in way of in depth or characterization but simply a general recital of the battles of the empire.R.F Delderfield in Napoleon s Marshals is succinct and readablethis book adds nothing new or interestingthe analogy of twilight settling on the Napoleonic era gets tediousI saw this as a ho hum effortin a word disappointing

  11. Jeannine Jeannine says:

    Good book for someone who already has some familiarity with the Marshalls

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