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Napoleon: A Life in Gardens and Shadows

Napoleon: A Life in Gardens and Shadows (Hardback)

By Scurr, Ruth

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A revelatory portrait of Napoleon to mark the 200th anniversary of his death, written for our own time, not in power politics or epic battles, but through his love of nature and the gardens that gave his revolutionary life its light and shade Napoleon's gardens range from his chi...ldhood olive groves in Corsica, to Josephine's gardens and menageries in Paris, to gardens in Cairo, Rome and on Elba, to the walled garden of Hougoumont at the battle of Waterloo, and ultimately to Napoleon's final garden on St. Helena, where Chinese labourers built him a summerhouse, where he could sit and scan the sea in his final months. During the French Revolution ideas about nature - human nature, the natural world and exchanges between the two - were at the centre of fierce political debates and events. In this lively and perceptive cultural history, Napoleon is placed firmly in this context: he wanted to see himself as a patron of the sciences and progress, bringing an end to the Revolution and binding up its wounds. In fact he unleashed an era of destruction and war, causing millions of deaths across Europe. In this innovative biography, as uniquely fitting its subject as Ruth Scurr's applauded portraits of Robespierre and John Aubrey, Napoleon emerges a giant figure made human, seen through the eyes of those who knew him best - close witnesses, rich and poor, famed and obscure - in the shade of his gardens. The result is more vivid, multi-dimensional and haunting than any conventional biography, throwing us back in time, so that we see him before us, both as the Emperor hunting for glory and the man in an old straw hat, leaning on his spade.
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ISBN 9781784741006
Released NZ 6 May 2021
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781784741006
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Released 6 May 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Scurr, Ruth
Category Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
European History
European history: c 1750 to c 1900
Social & Cultural History
Military History
Political Leaders & Leadership
Battles & Campaigns
Gardens (Descriptions, History Etc)
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 242mm
Spine: 38mm
Dewey Code 944.05092
Weight 767g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress France - Biography - Kings and rulers, Gardens
NBS Text Biography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly