‘This wonderful collection will always stand alone as first-hand evidence concerning the government of St Helena during the residence there of Napoleon...’
A St Helena Who’s Who details the island of St Helena and its administration, including military, naval and civil offices as well as the overall population in the 1820s and expenses. A ‘must have’ for Napoleon historians, this comprehensive book chronicles the residents of Longwood, the ‘Who’s Who’ of St Helena and what flag-ships were stationed there. As well as listing the regiments based on the island such as the 53rd Foot Regiment (2nd Battalion) and artillery and engineers, Napoleon’s visitors to the island are recorded as well as the chronology of his death, the construction of his tomb and reports on the post-mortem examination. Also, Sir Hudson Lowe and the East India Company involvement in the island are exhaustively covered as are stories of military figures, marriages and the abolition of slavery.
Napoleon’s imprisonment and eventual death on St Helena continues to hold interest. Who was with him? Who visited him? Why did he have such a bad relationship with the Governor Sir Hudson Lowe? Why was the British Government so paranoid about a rescue attempt being made for him?
This detailed book lists all of those on the island between 1815 and 1821 and provided important background biographical information.
Arnold Chaplin was born in 1864 and died in 1944. A distinguished doctor and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Chaplin was described as ‘...gifted with a dry sense of humour and with a shrewdness that made him the ally of the true scholar but an enemy to the spurious’. Chaplin combined his medical practice with an interest in the history of medicine, a love of French and English literature, and of old books and prints.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations: 30 b/w illustrations