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To Befriend An Emperor: Betsy Balcombe's Memoirs of Napoleon on St Helena

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Young Elizabeth Balcombe, or Betsy to friends and family, found life on the remote island of St Helena intolerably dull. Most fourteen-year-olds would. Her father had been posted to that unforgiving station in the Atlantic and, being a family man, he took his family with him.

Life was bleak in Balcombe's bungalow on the fringe of James Town. But then, in October 1815, the
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Hardcover, 189 pages
Published March 17th 2005 by Ravenhall Books
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Misfit
Oct 12, 2011 Misfit rated it really liked it
Shelves: napoleon, non-fiction
Napoleon's second exile was to the island of St. Helena - just look that up on a map and see how remote it was. When he arrived Longwood was not ready for him, and he resided for a time with the Balcombe family and a friendship was born. The Balcombes had two daughters, the younger Betsy and she and Napoleon became very fond of each other. The Balcombes eventually left the island, eventually being reassigned to New South Wales (Australia). As an adult Betsy wrote about her experiences with the E ...more
Micaylah G
Sep 20, 2014 Micaylah G rated it really liked it
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An interesting angle to read about the very human Napoleon. It makes one think that if he had had many children his life would have been tempered by their very presence.

I'm glad Ms Balcombe decided to write her memories later in life. She was right in concluding that it was better to wait to put pen to paper as an adult. Although there are memory gaps history revealed those and were able to be mostly filled in or conjectured with footnotes. Also if published earlier it would have been lost in ob
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Rahmadiyanti
Habis baca Betsy Balcombe: Caesar and I, jadi penasaran baca kisah aslinya.
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Jun 22, 2015 Betsy Balcombe rated it it was amazing
Ok, I have obviously borrowed a pseudonym. LOVED this book. The French version is excellent: La Petite Fiancee de Napoleon.
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Lucia Elizabeth ″Betsy″ Balcombe Abell (1802 / 29 June 1871) was a friend of Napoleon I during his exile at Saint Helena.
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