IN NAPOLEON’S SHADOW: THE MEMOIRS OF LOUIS-JOSEPH MARCHAND, VALET AND FRIEND OF THE EMPEROR 1811-1821
792pp., 32 illus., P.B. 2018 reissue. Serving alongside the Emperor from the apex of his reign to his eventual demise, Marchand depicts, in remarkable detail, the Russian campaign, the campaigns of Germany and France, Napoleon’s exile to Elba and subsequent escape, his defeat at Waterloo. Friend and confidante to the leader, Marchand was beside him at the Tuileries during the Hundred Days, and he was present to hear Napoleon’s last words on the island of St Helena.