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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
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              Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution

              Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (Paperback, New edition)

              By Scurr, Ruth

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              Traces Robespierre's life from a troubled childhood in provincial Arras to the idealist, fighting for the rights of the people, and sweeping on to the leader prepared to sign the death warrant for his closest friends. This narrative talks about the Revolution and its hero, helpin...g us to understand how ideals and fanaticism can go hand in hand.
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              ISBN 9780099458982
              Released NZ 1 Jun 2007
              Publisher Vintage
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              John Aubrey: My Own Life

              John Aubrey: My Own Life (Paperback)

              By Scurr, Ruth

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              John Aubrey loved England. From an early age, he saw his England slipping away and, against extraordinary odds, committed himself to preserving for posterity what remained of it - in books, monuments and life stories. This book deals with his life and work.

              ISBN 9780099490630
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2016
              Publisher Vintage
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              Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows
               

              Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows (Hardback)

              By Scurr, Ruth

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              Published on the 200th anniversary of his death, Napoleon is an unprecedented portrait of the emperor seen through his engagement with the natural world.

              ISBN 9781631492419
              Released NZ 15 Jun 2021
              Publisher WW Norton & Co
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              Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution
               

              Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Scurr, Ruth

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              Against the dramatic backdrop of the French Revolution, historian Scurr tracks Robespierre's evolution from lawyer to revolutionary leader. This is a fascinating portrait of a man who identified with the Revolution to the point of madness, and in so doing changed the course of hi...story.
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              ISBN 9780805082616
              Released NZ 17 Apr 2007
              Publisher Holt McDougal
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