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The Life and Opinions of General Sir Charles James Napier, G.C.B.

The Life and Opinions of General Sir Charles James Napier, G.C.B.

Volume 1

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History

  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108027205

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  • Heroic, ambitious, opinionated and independent to the point of insubordination, Sir Charles James Napier (1782–1853) was an inspiring leader. Published in 1857 in four volumes, this is the story of Napier's remarkable, action-packed and often controversial life and military career, as told by his brother William. The biography places Napier's life in historical context, and contains portraits, extracts from his letters and entertaining anecdotes. William's admiration for his brother is evident throughout, and he describes how his brother's fiery character divided opinion. A close friend of Lord Byron, Napier also had a great admirer in Thomas Carlyle, who described him as 'more of a hero than any modern I have seen for a long time'. Volume 1 describes Napier's upbringing in Ireland - where, according to his brother, he was 'sickly as a child from the misconduct of a barbarous nurse' - and his early years abroad in combat.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108027205
    • length: 498 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Parentage
    Part II. Rifle Corps
    Part III. General Fox's staff, London
    Part IV:
    1. Mr. Pitt
    2. State of the army
    Part V. 50th Regiment
    Part VI:
    1. Resemblance to a chained eagle
    2. Massena retreats
    Part VII:
    1. Letters to Prince Regent
    2. American expedition
    Part VIII. Exchange to 50th Regiment
    Part IX. Napoleon
    Part X:
    1. Cephalonia
    2. Quarantine
    3. Greek command
    4. Politics
    5. Seymour Bathurst
    Part XI:
    1. Private life
    2. Australian government.

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    William Francis Patrick Napier

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