Napoleon & St Helena
On the Island of ExileBook - 2008
Baker & Taylor
A history and travelogue looks at St. Helena, "the world's best-known, little-known island," which was the final place of exile of Napoleon Bonaparte and whose inhabitants are now dependent on the support of the British government.
St Helena is one of the most remote, and yet most famous, islands in the world—it was the final place of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte until his death in 1821. The island remains a place of mystery as a unique colonial survivor, with the island’s inhabitants still dependent on the support of the British government.
Blackwell North Amer
Isolated in the vastness of the South Atlantic and fortress-like in appearance, the Island of St Helena was important for centuries only as a victualling station for ships of the British East India Company, on their long voyages to and from India via the Cape of Good Hope.
It was on one of those journeys that Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington, took note of the island's remote impregnability. It was Wellington who suggested St Helena as Napoleon Bonaparte's place of imprisonment and exile after his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Until his death in 1821, the former Emperor spent his final years under a constant British guard.
His exile transformed a speck on the maritime map into the most famous island in the world. Napoleonic historian Johannes Willms visits this strange colonial survivor and unearths both a past and present that disturbs and delights with observations far beyond the ghost of Bonaparte.
"First published in German by marebuchverlag, Hamburg/Germany in 2007 under the title St Helena." -- Title page verso