Horricks, Raymond.


1st ed., 1982. Xv + 283 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 23 x 15cm. Owner's bookplate to f.e.p., spine of d.j., faded o/w V.G.+. This book meets the long-overdue need for a full-length biography and character study of Michel Ney, Napoleon’s marshal who came close to snatching victory from Wellington at Waterloo in 1815. Soldier with the Revolutionary Armies, hero as a marshal at Ulm, outwitting Wellington in the retreat through Portugal, disgraced following a series of quarrels with his superior, Massena, rehabilitation in Russia where he earned the nickname ‘The Bravest of the Brave’, the author traces the course of this exciting life. He explains the key role Ney played in Napoleon’s first abdication crisis and then how he took his troops back over to Napoleon after the latter’s escape from Elba. He gives a lengthy examination of Ney’s mistakes and near-success at Waterloo and ends with the heroism of his trial and execution.

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