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The Emperor's Friend


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Introduction: D'Artagnan's Successor, 1769-1792 The Dyer's Apprentice at War...and in Love; L'Armee des PyREnees-Orientales, 1793-1795 Friends in High Places; L'Armee d'Italie, 1795-1797 Crocodiles Fighting in the Reeds; L'Armee d'Orient, 1798-1799 Following Hannibal and Caesar; L'Armee de REserve, 1800 A Military Bull in a Diplomatic China Shop; Lisbon, 1802-1804 The Sun and a Few Stars; Austerlitz, 1805 Revanche on a Grand Scale; Jena, 1806 Advance-guard Extraordinaire; Friedland, 1807 The Dogs of War; The Second Siege of Saragossa, 1808-1809 Until the Last One's Gone; Essling, 1809 Conclusion: Le Chevalier sans peur et sans reproche Index

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Marshal Jean Lannes was best known for his military skills as one of Napoleon's stellar senior officers, but he was also an unconventional diplomat, who was unafraid to tell his friend the Emperor exactly what was on his mind.

About the Author

Margaret Scott Chrisawn is adjunct professor of history at Tallahassee Community College and a member of the senior management with the Florida Department of Corrections. She belongs to the Institute of Napoleon and the French Revolution at Florida State University, where she received her PhD in 1994. She is a frequent contributor to the annual Consortium on Revolutionary Europe as presenter, panel chair, and commentator.


"What if the person about whom you are writing is too one dimensional, and the individual exhibits a consistent and relatively simple pattern of conduct throughout life? In such a study, establishing the relevancy of the individual is more difficult in many ways. On one level, that is the dilemma faced by Margaret Scott Chrisawn in her study of, arguably, Napoleon's best subordinate tactical commander in The Emperor's Friend: Marshal Jean Lannes. That she succeeds so admirably in her endeavor is a tribute not only to her research skills, but also to her ability to portray her findings to the reader in a lucid and captivating manner. . . . This is an excellent book and should seve as the foundation for any secondary research on Jean Lannes for the Foreseeble future." - Army History
"A lively account of one of the greatest of Napoleon's marshals, the salty, uncouth, and poorly educated Gascon Lannes, one of the few senior French officers who was unimpressed by the Emperor's dignity. The book encompasses both Lannes's private life and his military career in considerable detail. The notes are clear, include many valuable additional, details, insights, and information." - NYMAS Newsletter
"This valuable and useful book is not for the general reader, but rather for the Napoleonic military scholar, and perhaps the serious and informed Napoleonic military buff as well. It deserves shelf space in any university or good college library whose curriculum devotes more than a passing attention to Napoleon and the Napoleonic era." - History: Review of New Books
"[A] welcome addition to Napoleonic scholarship. Chrisawn brings a lively, conversational style to her subject, drawing on extensive research to assemble a straightforward chronicle of the marshal's life. Dr. Chrisawn has provided a useful introduction to Lannes's life for the general military historian, accompanied by good maps and excellent source notes for future research." - The Journal of Military History

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