Page 20: In such a case, this is what occurs to political philosophers: at the same time as wearied men claim rest, accomplished facts demand guarantees, for guarantees for facts are the same thing as repose for men. It is this that England asked of the Stuart after the Protector, and what France asked of the Bourbons after the Empire. These guarantees are a necessity of the times, and they must be granted. The Princes concede them, but in reality it is the force of things that gives them. This is a profound truth and worth knowing, which the Stuarts did not suspect in 1662, and of which the Bourbons did not even gain a glimpse in 1814.
Page 25: In this way they say peace is secured after the revolution, that is to say, the necessary time for repairing the house and dressing the wounds. A dynasty hides the scaffolding and covers the hospital. Now, it is not always easy to obtain a dynasty, although the first man of genius or the first adventurer met with is sufficient to make a king.
Page 261: Slang is the language of the dark. Thought is affected in its gloomiest depths, and social philosophy is harassed in its most poignant undulations, in the presence of this enigmatical dialect, which is at once branded and in a state of revolt....more
Colonel Chabert marries Rose Chapotel, a prostitute. Colonel Chabert then becomes a French cavalry officer who is held in high esteem by Napoleon Bona
Colonel Chabert marries Rose Chapotel, a prostitute. Colonel Chabert then becomes a French cavalry officer who is held in high esteem by Napoleon Bonaparte. After being severely wounded in the Battle of Eylau (1807), Chabert is recorded as dead and buried with other French casualties. However, he survives and after extricating himself from his own grave is nursed back to health by local peasants.
There is a movie Colonel Chabert (1994) made based on this book, with Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Fabrice Luchini.
3* La maison du Chat-qui-pelote (1830) 3* Le bal de Sceaux (1830) 3* La Bourse (1830) 4* La Vendetta (1830) 3* Madame Firmiani (1832) 3* Une Double Famille (1830) 4* La paix du ménage (1830) 3* La Fausse Maîtresse (1842) 3* Étude de femme (1830) 4* Albert Savarus (1842) 4* Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées (1841) 3* Le Colonel Chabert (1844, first published as La transaction, 1832)...more
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3: An epic drama charting Napoleon Bonaparte's meteoric rise in the early years of the French revolution, set against his tFrom BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3: An epic drama charting Napoleon Bonaparte's meteoric rise in the early years of the French revolution, set against his tumultuous relationship with Josephine. Written by Anthony Burgess but never performed in his lifetime and now adapted for radio by Anjum Malik. Part of Radio 3's Napoleon season, marking 200 years since his famous retreat from Moscow.
Opening lines: En 1800, vers la fin du mois d'octobre, un étranger, suivi d'une femme et d'une petite fille, arriva devant les Tuileries à Paris, et seOpening lines: En 1800, vers la fin du mois d'octobre, un étranger, suivi d'une femme et d'une petite fille, arriva devant les Tuileries à Paris, et se tint assez longtemps auprès des décombres d'une maison récemment démolie, à l'endroit où s'élève aujourd'hui l'aile commencée qui devait unir le château de Catherine de Médicis au Louvre des Valois.
Location 2967: — Faites savoir à Bonaparte que Bartholoméo di Piombo voudrait lui parler, dit l'Italien au capitaine de service.
Location 3125: Le second retour des Bourbons venait de troubler bien des amitiés qui avaient résisté au mouvement de la première restauration. En ce moment les familles étaient presque toutes divisées d'opinion, et le fanatisme politique renouvelait plusieurs de ces déplorables scènes qui, aux époques de guerre civile ou religieuse, souillent l'histoire de tous les pays. Les enfants, les jeunes filles, les vieillards partageaient la fièvre monarchique à laquelle le gouvernement était en proie. La discorde se glissait sous tous les toits, et la défiance teignait de ses sombres couleurs les actions et les discours les plus intimes.
From Wikipedia La Vendetta (The Vendetta) is a novel by the French writer Honoré de Balzac. It is the eighth of the Scènes de la vie privée (Scenes of Private Life) in La Comédie humaine. The novel was first published in 1830 by Mame et Delaunay-Vallée. In 1842 it appeared in the first Furne edition of La Comédie humaine. La Vendetta was the fourth work in Volume 1, making it the fourth of the Scènes de la vie privée. Balzac may have been inspired to write La Vendetta by Prosper Merimée, whose novel Mateo Falcone, which was serialized by the Revue de Paris in 1829, also deals with the subject of Corsican vengeance and family honour.
This is the story of the Regent diamond, one of the biggest in the world, which belonged to William Pitt's grandfather, Louis XIV, Luis XV, Louis XVI,This is the story of the Regent diamond, one of the biggest in the world, which belonged to William Pitt's grandfather, Louis XIV, Luis XV, Louis XVI, and Napoleon.
This diamond was discovered in India in the end of the seventeenth century and was bought by the governor of the East India Company, Thomas Pitt.
It was his son who brought it to London where a Jewish diamond cutter took two years in order to shape it in one the greatest gems that ever existed.
The narrator of this story is the Count Las Cases who starts to write the Diamond's story while he was living on Saint Helena where he was writing the memoirs of Napoleon exiled life.
Detail of Napoleon's portrait with sword:
As a historical background, the reader can follow the French revolution period, the death of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Napoleon’s coronation as emperor of the new empire and his marriage with Josephine and later on, with Marie Louise.
Buddy read with Dawn, Misfit and Sandi, starting in September 15.
Page 6: "We've been taught we must remain French in everything, and must particularlyBuddy read with Dawn, Misfit and Sandi, starting in September 15.
Page 6: "We've been taught we must remain French in everything, and must particularly in our thoughts. It's hoped we shall be returning home soon."
Page 14: "I was talking to a group of big men in the government the other day...They agreed that the danger of invasion was over. Nelson ended it for all time in Trafalgar."
Page 39: "Have you any idea how serious the situation is? Listen to this. Prussia may go against us as well as Russia. Spain, Portugal, Sweden even, may be forced into the coalition. Austria doesn't dare make a move, not a move. With his flanks protected, Bonaparte is free for the first time to throw his full power against us. And here we are, standing all alone."
Page 40: "No may be saying to himself this very minute, 'It will be worth it if I can capture England and settle this war once and for all.' Remember, he's absolute now. As absolute as Genghis Khan was."
Page 107: "It was clear now that Napoleon did not intend to enter at once on the bloodily gamble of an invasion of England but was proceeding instead with his plans to gobble up the Peninsula first."
Page 227: "There have been rumors for a long time that some of these mangy Frenchmen were sending information to General Bonaparte."
Page 234: "France is full of people with no loyalty for Napoleon."
Page 344: "It was over al last, the Napoleonic domination of Europe. No longer would it be necessary fro Englishmen in scratch wigs to drill with broom-sticks."
As usual Costain is a master of historical fiction books since he is able to intertwine accurate historical facts with characters that really play their role into the plot itself.
An interesting list of books set during the napoleonic Wars can be found at Napoleonic Novels.
This is the first book of a series of 20 books. In this first volume, the author introduces the main charactersJust arrived form Singapore through BM.
This is the first book of a series of 20 books. In this first volume, the author introduces the main characters of this maritime saga: Captain Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the ship's surgeon and an intelligence agent as well.