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Napoleon: History and Myth
Napoleon: History and Myth
by Gerard Gengembre
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic views of Napoleon, 12 Mar. 2004
This impressive book shows the way Napoleon influenced paintors, sculptors, tailors, writers, furniture-makers, directors, actors and playwrights all across the world since his first appearance until the present.
Splendidly illustrated, all images in full colour, this book opens up a world of people both devoting and detesting Napoleon (though there's more space given to the devoters).The beautiful artworks as well as household objects inspired by (or ordered by) Napoleon are a sight to behold, and this book is very enjoyable even if you don't have the time to read the accompanying text. The book shows everything, from simple sketches of Napoleon up to the recently released movie Napoleon (made in 2002).
The book begins with the first drawings made of Napoleon, to the artwork made of and for him during his Italian and Egyptian campaigns, the coup de Brumaire, etc etc tracing his history. After this, it follows the chronological line of how Napoleon came to be viewed; from being used in WW 1 and WW 2 (by Vichy French who wanted to use Napoleon to increase national sentiments) also giving time to examine some modern day Napoleonic reproductions (such as uniforms), re-enactment and movies.
Very enjoyable, whether you are a fan of Napoleon's or not, and at this price especially commendable. Buy it; you will definitely not regret this splendid book.

The Grail Quest (2) - Vagabond
The Grail Quest (2) - Vagabond
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars!, 11 Nov. 2002
I bought this book as soon as it came out and had been hoping for that to happen for a long time now.
Harlequin was a great book on itself, and I was hoping Vagabond would equal it. It did much better that I had expected!
It throws you into the story straight away, deep in North England where Thomas, father Hobbe and Eleanor search for a monk who might supply them with vital information for their quest for the Grail. Thomas takes place in the battle of Neville's Cross, one of the sublimely described battles in the book. After this, the story goes very fast and after quite a big shock, Thomas meets new friends and enemies alike.
At first, they all seemed quite one dimensional, but they really surprised me. All of the events are quite plausible and Cornwell again mixes history with fiction to great effect.
The ending, like in Harlequin, is good enough, considering it's a trilogy, but, even more than its predecessor did, leaves you wanting for more.
I advice this book to anyone who enjoys historical novels; it is one of the most fascinating I have read thus far.

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