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    Marcello Simonetta
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Napoleon and the Rebel, co-written by Marcello Simonetta and Noga Arikha, is a remarkable book that tells in detail the story of Napoleon's turbulent relationship with his rebellious younger brother Lucien Bonaparte, 1775 - 1840

Napoleon and the Rebel, co-written by Marcello Simonetta and Noga Arikha, is a remarkable book that tells in detail the story of Napoleon's turbulent relationship with his rebellious younger brother Lucien Bonaparte, 1775 - 1840. Lucien believed sincerely in the Republican values of the French Revolution - Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Here, authors Simonetta and Arikha draw from a massive trove of first-hand documents, allowing them to present a rare, detailed portrait of this remarkable dynasty that reveals Emperor Napoleon.

Marcello Simonetta has a PhD in Italian literature and history from Yale. His first book, The Montefeltro Conspiracy: A Renaissance Mystery Decoded, solves one of the most scandalous crimes of the Renaissance: the attempted assassination of the celebrated Medici brothers. He lives in New York. Noga Arikha has a PhD in history and philosophy from the Warburg Institute. She has taught at Bard College and the Bard Graduate Center

Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power. The passions behind this obsessive, rivalrous relationship lie at the heart of the new biography by Marcello Simonetta and Noga Arikha.

Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power. by Marcello Simonetta and Noga Arikha. Guillaume Guillon Lethière: The Sleep of Venus, 1802. In the 1820s, Lucien wrote his memoirs, at considerable length and with apparent candor. One volume was published in his lifetime.

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Posted from the UK Authors : Arikha, Noga, Simonetta, Marcello. Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power. Title : Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power. Read full description. MARCELLO SIMONETTA has a PhD in Italian Literature and History from Yale, USA. He lives in New York, USA.

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Napoleon and the Rebel Simonetta Marcello Palgrave 9780230111561 : Simonetta and Arikha present a detailed portrait of Napoleons family. Читательская аудитория: General (us: trade) Подзаголовок: A story of brotherhood, passion, and power Рейтинг: Поставляется из: Англии Описание: Simonetta and Arikha present a detailed portrait of Napoleons family.

Предметы: NAPOLEON & the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion & Power (Book), SIMONETTA, Marcello, ARIKHA, Noga, NAPOLEON I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821, NONFICTION. Добавить в избранное. Oct2007, Vol. 67 Issue 7, p32-32.

Historian of Renaissance, documentarist and curator. Publications include: Rinascimento segreto. Il mondo del Segretario da Petrarca a Machiavelli (2004); The Montefeltro Conspiracy: A Renaissance Mystery Decoded (2010); (with Noga Arikha) Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power (2011).

Это одно из тех жизнеописаний, на фоне которых меркнут любые приключенческие романы Перед вами биография Тома Александра Дюма, отца и деда двух знаменитых писателей, жившего во времена Великой французской революции Жанр Биографии и мемуары.

Lucien was the most talented of the Bonaparte brothers, who not only can be credited for helping Napoleon seize power, but who also had a promising political career of his own. He was a romantic, an idealist, and an anti-monarchist whose love for Alexandrine, the woman he married in spite of Napoleon's objections, caused him to fall out of favor with his powerful brother. Here, authors Simonetta and Arikha draw from a massive trove of first-hand documents, allowing them to present a rare, detailed portrait of this remarkable dynasty that reveals Emperor Napoleon and his family at their most intimate and vulnerable moments. The turbulent relationship between Napoleon and his favorite brother, Lucien, of whom the emperor said, "of all my siblings, he was the most gifted, and the one who hurt me most," creates the perfect springboard to illustrate the bloody power struggles, romantic idealism, and corruption that characterized nineteenth-century Europe, as well as the rise and fall of the French empire.


Clonanau
Napoleon and the Rebel is an incredibly vivid and exciting, but also very intimate portrait of Napoleon's brother, Lucien. I confess that, before this book, I had heard nothing of him. In fact, what I expected to find was mostly a new perspective on Napoleon-- one that was perhaps more familial and personal. This is certainly an aspect present in the book--and a good one too. What I discovered, though, was much more: the story of a man who, so close to the temptations of power, never lost sight either of his beliefs or his love for his family. Although Simonetta and Arikha show Lucien's self-interest and contradictions-- they thankfully they never lose their impartiality-- I found myself admiring Lucien for his integrity, and for what he was willing to endure for the sake of his ideals.

The book is captivating and a joy to read, immersive just as much as it is thoughtful. It is refreshing in subject and approach, and it will delightfully challenge most readers to rethink how they see and judge history.
Gela
Ok, I'm a Napoleon junky, but this book gave me great insight that had not been provided by any other author. Very interesting portrait of Napoleon's family, making them seem so very much like the Corleones!
Steel balls
Ok not great.
Fani
It was not easy to be a member of the Bonaparte clan. Napoleon was the second child out of 8 siblings born to Charles Bonaparte and his wife Letizia in Ajaccio on the island of Corsica.

When Napoleon made his meteoric rise from corporal to Emperor, his family members were pulled up as well. Napoleon's oldest brother Joseph became King of Naples and later Spain. His brother Louis was made King of Holland. His sister Elisa was a made Grand Duchess of Tuscany. The beautiful Pauline, sculpted by Canova, was Duchess of Guastalla. His sister Caroline became Grand Duchess of Berg. Even Napoleon's youngest brother Jerome became King of Westphalia.

Being related to Napoleon may have been good for one's social and economic mobility, but it was often hell on interpersonal relationships. Napoleon sought to arrange marriages for his siblings as if they were mere pieces on the chessboard for his conquest and domination of Europe. Consider the case of Jerome, Napoleon's youngest brother:

"The youngest of the Bonaparte siblings had married without Napoleon's consent, at the end of 1803. The bride was an attractive, well-born American woman from Philadelphia, Elizabeth Patterson, whom Jerome had met in Maryland. Napoleon refused Jerome's request to recognize the marriage. But unlike Lucien, Jerome would give in to the political and emotional pressure. Napoleon barred Elizabeth's ship from docking at a European coasts, and Jerome divorced her while she was pregnant with their son (who was born in London in 1805, before Elizabeth returned to Baltimore with he baby). Eventually, in 1807 he married the German Princess Napoleon had chosen for him, Catharina von Wurtemberg, and became prince of Westphalia." Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion and Power.

Napoleon and the Rebel, co-written by Marcello Simonetta and Noga Arikha, is a remarkable book that tells in detail the story of Napoleon's turbulent relationship with his rebellious younger brother Lucien Bonaparte, 1775 - 1840. Lucien believed sincerely in the Republican values of the French Revolution -- Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Lucien is best known to history for the political role that he played on November 10, 1799 (18 of Brumaire) when his intervention as President of the Council of the Five Hundred may have saved his brother's life and certainly did preserve Napoleon's political reputation. Napoleon had impulsively decided to burst in upon the deliberations of the Council with a small armed guard of four Grenadiers. Many members of the council were convinced that Napoleon would be a tyrant who would undo the work of the revolution. There were angry shouts of "Down with the tyrant! Down with the dictator!" some men approached Napoleon with their knives drawn. Punches were thrown. At this point Lucien intervened on behalf of this brother. He declared famously, "I swear that I will stab my own brother to the heart if he ever attempts anything against the liberty of Frenchmen."

Simonetta and Arikha write, "Upon hearing this rousing promise from Lucien, the soldiers marched into the Orangerie and chased away all the protesters, some of whom escaped by jumping out of the windows. By nightfall, Lucien had passed all the necessary resolutions, and Napoleon Bonaparte became first consul of the French Republic." Napoleon and the Rebel.

Lucien was rewarded by Napoleon with the position of Minister of the Interior. He was deeply involved with cultural affairs and amassed a huge and valuable art collection. He later became the French Ambassador to Spain where he helped to negotiate the transfer of the Louisiana territory from Spain to France (later sold as the Louisiana Purchase to the United States).

Lucien's first wife Christine, by whom he had two daughters, died at age twenty-eight.

Napoleon's gratitude towards his younger brother was evanescent. In the spring of 1802 Lucien the widower met and fell in love with a beautiful 24 year-old Parisian woman named Alexandrine de Bleschamp. She was married to a Banker and had one child, but he was away on Napoleon's ill-fated expedition to Santo Domingo and would soon die leaving Alexandrine a widow. Napoleon wanted Lucien to marry Princess Maria Louisa Bourbon, the daughter of the King of Spain, who would help him consolidate power in his empire. Napoleon beseeched his brother to marry not realizing that Lucien had already married his love Alexandrine.

Napoleon later used threats as well as bribes in a vain attempt to coerce Lucien into divorcing Alexandrine. Lucien refused, thereby ending a promising political career. Lucien fled with his wife to Italy where they soon had nine children. They lived for a time in Florence where he lived a s private citizen. Simonetta and Arikha write, "Lucien's good manners and generosity made him popular with the Florentines. the Italian states under Napoleonic control had been ravaged by war and welcomed a peace-loving, enlightened patron of commerce and the arts such as Lucien, who was opposed to the heavy taxation imposed by local administrators." Napoleon and the Rebel, Simonetta and Arikha. Could Lucien perhaps have been an early member of the tea party?

While in Florence, Lucien tried to buy and restore Michelangelo's house.

Frustrated by his Emperor brother, Lucien decided in 1810 to attempt to flee to America. He made it to Malta where he was captured by the British who sent him with Alexandrine and their family to exile in England. Lucien bought a castle in Thorngrove near Worcester where he and his family were comfortable prisoners of the English government.

Lucien was only able to return to the continent after the fall and exile of Napoleon to Elba in 1814. After Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo, Lucien lived in Italy near Tusculum where he contributed considerably to the archaeological excavations which were first uncovered in 1828.

I must note one small error in the book. The authors suggest that Napoleon-Louis Bonaparte, the son of Louis Bonaparte and Hortense, was "killed" as a result of the bloody repression of a plot against the pope. In fact, he died of natural causes while suffering from measles.

Excepting Napoleon himself, the untitled Lucien was the most gifted Bonaparte sibling. Lucien Bonaparte was a poet, an astronomer, a statesman, a diplomat, a patron of the arts; he was also a husband and the father of 11 children.

Napoleon's final verdict on Lucien was, "Of all my siblings, he is indisputably the most gifted one, but he has hurt me the most. His marriage has been a terrible thing. Marrying a bourgeoisie, a beautiful Parisian woman, right at the moment when I wanted to found a dynasty! I did everything in my power to prevent him, but unfortunately he had always had a soft spot for women." Napoleon and the Rebel.

"For a fascinating examination of the eternal conflicts between public and private life, between duty and love, between love of family and romantic love check out Napoleon and the Rebel."

Visit the Wallace Collection in London where you will find a wonderful selection of Napoleonic themed art works and also Velázquez Lady with a Fan which once belonged to Lucien Bonaparte.

Christopher Kelly is the author of America Invades: How We've Invaded or been Militarily Involved with almost Every Country on Earth and Italy Invades.
Uste
The discovery that Arikha and Simonetta have made - a deeply intimate and hitherto largely unpublished memoir by Napoleon Bonaparte's younger brother Lucien - is nothing short of staggering. As you read their new book, which quotes largely from the re-disovered papers, you are privy to an astonishing up-close-and-personal view of one of the giant figures of history.

Extraordinary scenes are recreated - such as when the Emperor receives his little brother while in his bath (as I recall, it is to discuss the Louisiana purchase). Lucien irritates the Great Man and gets splashed - soaked - with dirty water. There are many more such scenes, and it's fascinating to witness the grand tectonic narrative of Napoleonic Europe interweaving with the petty squabbles of the Bonaparte clan and their entourage.

Indeed, so detailed and intimate are some of these vignettes from Bonaparte family life that, on first reading, I thought there must have been some significant license being applied. So vivid are these "tableaux vivants" that surely they've been augmented and coloured by the writers' imaginations?

But no - checking back with the preface it's clear that these amazing scenes - including long dialogues between the brothers - come verbatim from Lucien's original text, unearthed by Simonetta and Arikha in a dusty family vault in Perugia, Italy.

If you're a fan of the little Corsican, be warned - he doesn't come over too "sympatico" in these pages (he and Lucien were frequently at odds). But if you're interested in this period, and the Bonaparte family in particular, this enjoyable book is surely a must-read.
Roru
In simple, page-turning language, Simonetta and Arikha illuminate a fascinating, little-known facet of one of the most infamous eras in history. "Napoleon and the Rebel" is an eminently readable, intimate look at the inner machine of the Bonaparte family, a behind-the-scenes look at Napoleon's rise to, and ultimate abuse of, supreme power.