Napoleon in Exile: Volume 2 (Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History)
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 3/26/2015
EAN 9781108081320, ISBN10: 1108081320
Paperback, 562 pages, 21.6 x 14.1 x 3.2 cm
These 'opinions and reflections of Napoleon Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ in his own words' were published in two volumes in 1822 (the year after the ex-emperor's death). Little is known about the early life and medical training of their author, Barry O'Meara (1770?Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1836), but he happened to be on HMS Bellerophon when Napoleon came on board to surrender in August 1815. His medical experience and ability to speak Italian caused Bonaparte to ask him to act as his personal physician in his exile, and O'Meara obtained official permission to do so. However, relations between Napoleon's household and the governor of the island, Sir Hudson Lowe, deteriorated, and O'Meara was consequently required to leave in 1818. This fascinating and controversial work, which went into five editions, describes Napoleon's exile and records his opinions, but is also a polemic against Lowe's allegedly harsh treatment of his prisoner, later strongly denied by other witnesses.
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