Napoleon's Master: A Life of Prince Talleyrand
Born into the high aristocracy, where rank meant more than wealth, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord was to become one of the great politicians of all time. His early career in politics was marked with turmoil: a liberal who saw the need to curb the powers of the monarchy, Talleyrand fled from France when the violence of the revolution turned extreme in 1792, first
Lawday has written a straight-talking biography that demonstrates how vital this man was in forming modern society. Behind Napoleon Bonaparte and the rest of the many brief leaders of the French Revolution lie ...more
The writing style is British; I am not. So I spent some time inferring the meaning of words or looking them up, finding that my dictionary prefaced their definitions as [British]. It didn't stop me from enjoying the book. But it did slow my reading down.
There is a photo section - but no maps. And although it is a biography, maps of Europe before, after and between 1789, and 1815 would have been a ...more
The book is a thorough look at Talleyrand's life, which extends far beyond Napoleon. Some parts are funny, some parts are peculiar, however I would only read it if you liked the above mentioned book on war, or are interested in French or European history.