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The Eagle in Splendour


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction : The Court Goes On 1. Steps to the Throne 2. The Emperor and his Court 3. A Passion for Palaces 4. The Courtiers 5. Ends and Means 6. The Family Courts 7. Power and Illusion 8. The Return to Grandeur Notes Sources andBibliography Index

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The definitive portrait of Napoleon's court

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Philip Mansel, who has lived and taught in Paris, is one of Britain's leading historians of France and the Ottoman Empire. His first book, Louis XVIII, together with subsequent works such as Paris Between Empires, 1814-1852, established him as an authority on the later French monarchy. Mansel's acclaimed Constantinople: City of the World's Desire was described by William Dalrymple as 'An impeccably researched masterpiece of exquisite historical writing.' He currently lives in London, and is editor of The Court Historian, journal of the Society for Court Studies (


'clear, well researched, always interesting' -Nigel Nicolson, History Today; 'The title and the handsome appearance of this book are in danger of obscuring its scholarly value - Napoleon is presented to scholars in a new guise: the Eagle both in splendour and as chie-en-lit - the author's urbane and witty style - [his] vivid description of the Napoleonic Court in this well-documented, attractively produced, but inexpensive book' -John Mackrell, Journal of Modern History - 'Although this may seem simply a well illustrated coffee-table book, there is more to it than this suggests. Mansel's book derives from a sound archival and bibliographical base - It is hard not to agree with [his] perceptive comment that it has really been the manufactured splendour of style which accounts for the continuing fascination with the Emperor, of which this is a not unworthy example' - Clive H. Church, British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies; 'a fascinating read. Mansel is excellent at selecting and retelling illustrative anecdotes. His account of the organisation of court life is riveting, and he argues persuasively that Napoleon's political convictions were spelled out in the organisation of his day-to-day life and entourage...highly recommended.' - Marion Koob, LSE Review of Books

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