In a series of 12 volumes "Napoleon and St. Helena, the reef of an empire", Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, director of the French national territories on the island since 1987, describes the ties which bind Napoleon to St. Helena with many before unpublished documentation and illustrations.
On the evening of 14th October, Napoleon saw the silhouette of the island of which he knew little, apart from the fact that it was "very high up and very healthy".
After exactly three months on boats, one always feels a certain impatience to tread on a new island. But Napoleon needed even more patience in Saint Helena as, in fact, everything was administratively reorganised around his captivity. However, thanks to the administrative and management skills of Sir George Cockburn, everything was ready for him to disembark in just two days.
But what was St. Helena like on the 15th October 1815? And why St. Helena?
In this second volume, Michel Dancoisne-Martineau answers these two questions by collecting, organising and using the reports and the social, economic, and financial data he has at his disposal. Without these prior socio-economic studies, it would have been very difficult to understand the years of exile, and some of the decisions taken in those years which seem incomprehensible today.
In the third volume, we will be continuing the story of Napoleon arriving on the island, and his first fifty-three days spent with the Balcombe, at the Briars.
Exceptionally, 100 copies of Michel Dancoisne-Martineau's last book "St. Helena and island under siege" Volume 2, from a forthcoming series of 12 volumes "Napoleon at St. Helena, the pitfall of an empire" are available at sale in France, in an original edition limited to 1000 copies ONLY, exclusively sold at the Longwood's House boutique in St. Helena and now on our webshop.
St. Helena an island under siege, 15 - 17 October 1815 Volume 2
Original 2016 edition limited to 1000 copies
Bilingual French / English
Beautiful bound book of 127 pages 22x28 cm
Numerous illustrations of which many have never been published