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Fallen Eagle

How the Royal Navy captured Napoleon

FALLEN EAGLE by Norman Mackenzie: This small icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page!


How the Royal Navy captured Napoleon

Published 2009 by Bellerophon Books, Lewes, UK

Norman Mackenzie in FALLEN EAGLE tells how after Waterloo, Napoleon pursued by the vengeful Prussians, attempted to reach the safety of the USA but fell into the hands of the Royal Navy enabling the British government to banish him to St Helena.

Book's condition and details:

A navy cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine - No inscriptions - all pages pristine - binding square and tight - contempory illustrations - some in colour throughout - Condition VERY GOOD PLUS with few signs of wear. Dust wrapper is unclipped and also in VERY GOOD PLUS condition.

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A very nice copy!

ISBN: 9780956261106

236 pages. 165 mm. x 240 mmm. x 23 mm.

Weight unwrapped 546 grams

Weight wrapped for postage < 750 grams.

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How was Napoleon ‘seized and detained’ by the Royal Navy in 1815? Was he lawfully held incommunicado at Plymouth while the government sought legal right to imprison him for life on St. Helena? These questions, which have a modern resonance, come as the climax to this gripping tale of the fall of the imperial eagle after Waterloo.

How should one deal with a captured combatant of a ‘rogue’ enemy? Apart from the issues raised most recently by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and the problems about the trial of Saddam Hussein, there was an even more relevant secret negotiation in 1945, when Americans and Russians wanted a show trial for Hitler and his clique - but the British proposed to revive an old Tudor Bill of Attainder which meant a fugitive could be shot on sight.

In this book we see Napoleon fleeing for his life to Paris, forced to abdicate, chased across France to the Atlantic port of Rochefort, where he hoped to sail in safety to the United States. Caught by the 74-gun battleship, Bellerophon, one of Nelson’s ships at the Nile and Trafalgar, he was carried to England. There the government proposed to treat him as a prisoner-of-war but found its own law officers warning that they might be acting illegally in exiling him for life to St Helena.

And around Bellerophon crowded hundreds of boats crammed with curious and sympathetic spectators who might be roused to welcome the once feared Boney if he set foot ashore. . .


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