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Author Hamilton and Brandon, Jill Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of, author

Title Marengo : the myth of Napoleon's horse / Jill Hamilton
Published London : Fourth Estate, 2000


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 W'PONDS  944.05092 Napole Ham/Mtm  AVAILABLE
Description 246 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents 1. The hoof at the palace -- 2. Napoleon's early years -- 3. Italy: using horses as emblems of power -- 4. Egypt: was Marengo captured here? -- 5. Napoleon's return to France -- 6. The Battle of Marengo -- 7. The French army returns from Egypt -- 8. Austerlitz and Jena -- 9. Brides, battles and horses -- 10. Campaigning in Russia -- 11. Retreat from Moscow -- 12. The end of the Empire -- 13. Elba and the Hundred Days -- 14. Capenhagen -- 15. The last battle: Waterloo -- 16. Marengo goes to England -- 17. Napoleomania
Summary "In telling the poignant story of Marengo, Jill Hamilton shows an unexpected side to the Emperor. She explores Napoleon's enormous regard for horses as well as why it was Marengo, and Marengo alone, who became part of the Napoleonic legend -- not Jaffa, Ali, Desiree or any of Napoleon's many mounts. With a bullet lodged in his tail and the imperial cipher of a crowned letter 'N' burnt on his left flank, a diminutive Arab stallion drew crowds to Pall Mall, London, in 1823. Sightseers came to gaze at the horse advertised as 'Bonaparte's personal charger', whose career had spanned the whole of the Napoleonic Wars, who, to the sound of marching songs had trotted, cantered and galloped from the Mediterranean to Paris, Italy, Germany and Austria, and at the age of nineteen, had walked three thousand miles to Moscow and back. Since then, both dead and alive, this horse with the same sonorous name as Napoleon's great victory, Marengo, has been a star exhibit in Britain. At London's earliest military museum his articulated skeleton was seen by Queen Victoria and displayed as the horse that had carried his master at Austerlitz in 1805, at Jena in 1806, at Wagram in 1809, in the Russian Campaign of 1812, and at Waterloo in 1815. For over 150 years one of his hooves has stood on a gleaming sideboard in the Officers' mess at St James' Palace. Today his skeleton, described as 'Napoleon's favourite horse', is the sole equine exhibit in the vast Waterloo Gallery at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London. Horses for Napoleon were both utilitarian and glamorous. He used them for recreation, for speed and as majestic pedestals on which he appeared as a larger-than-life figure, but mostly as unstoppable machines of war. As he turned the ramshackle cavalry of the Revolutionary army into the most remarkable cavalry force in history he made spectacular use of horses in battle. But Jill Hamilton has uncovered a secret, hidden away for over a century, a secret which brings her inspiring and moving history to a devastating conclusion."-- BLACKWELL'S
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 230-235) and index
Subject Napoleon, Emperor of the French I, 1769-1821
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821.
Napoleon, Emperor of the French I, 1769-1821 -- Military leadership
Horses -- France.
Animals -- War use.
Marengo (Horse)
Emperors -- France -- Biography.
Horses -- France -- History.
Genre/Form Biography.
LC no. 2001339394
ISBN 1841153516