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The Golden Millstones

The Golden Millstones

Napoleon's Brothers And Sisters
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"Impressive... vivid, shrewd... This book is stamped with spirit and authority" - Daily Telegraph

Napoleon's siblings, like the man himself, began life as starving fugitives from a Mediterranean island in revolt.

But they rose to become kings and queens of states.

One of Europe's most charismatic historical figures, Napoleon became the ruler of France and most of Europe.

But on this journey, Napoleon's ever present family, his seven brothers and sisters, hung like millstones around Napoleon's neck.

Probably no command ever meant quite as much to Napoleon as the command of his family.

And, the battles lost on the field did not hurt and frustrate him in the same way as those he continuously lost within the family circle.

They have been described as failures, degenerates, rogues and traitors.

Awarded power by Napoleon, his brothers were astonishingly disloyal, while the sisters were always the talk of Paris for their lust for both men and money.

They were millstones but they seem to be golden millstones, with their own sensational, very interesting lives quite separate from the legend of Napoleon.

R F Delderfield follows the careers of the seven siblings of Napoleon, all of whom he raised to royal rank but none of whom ever satisfied him, either in or out of their kingdoms.

Praise for R F Delderfield

"Delderfield writes with gusto, enriching his narrative with innumerable citations from the memoirs and documents of the period and shrewd observations on the characters" - Boston Globe

"He has his intricate material beautifully in hand, and he writes with grace and conviction" - Library Journal

"It is always a pleasure to read R F Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well" - Books and Bookmen

"[Delderfield is] a skilled journalist, a raconteur, and a good storyteller" - Choice

Ronald Frederick Delderfield (12 February 1912 - 24 June 1972) was an English novelist and dramatist, some of whose works have been adapted for television. He is also the author of Napoleon in Love and Imperial Sunset.

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October 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Golden Millstones: Napoleon's Brothers and Sisters
Author(s): R F Delderfield
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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