A book taken from Napoleon Bonaparte's carriage after the Battle of Waterloo goes on display today at the National Library of Scotland.
Visitors to the Library can see the copy of 'Memoires de Madame la marquise de la Rochejaquelein', presented by its author to King Louis XVIII of France.
Napoleon acquired the book when he re-occupied the Tuileries Palace in Paris in 1815 and sent Louis into exile.
As the French retreated after their failed assault at Waterloo on 18 June 1815, Prussian soldiers caught up with Napeoleon's carriage. Among the contents they removed was the book, which was presented to the British liaison officer.
It came to the National Library in 1951, as part of the library collection from Newbattle Abbey, home of the Lothian family.
connection with Napoleon.
Viewing times for the book are:
- Wednesday 17 June: 16.00-20.30
- Thursday 18 June: 09.30-12.00
Napoleonic chapbooks online
Bras & Waterloo', one of
the Napoleonic chapbooks.
Also marking the Waterloo anniversary at the Library is the online release of items of street literature relating to conflicts with Napoleon.
'Street literature about Napoleon's wars' is a collection of 78 chapbooks – small cheap-print booklets that were sold on the streets.
Printed in Scotland, these chapbooks mostly contain ballads that tell of military conflicts with the French leader.
They cover events from the 1790s to the Battle of Waterloo, but also give insights into contemporary views of Bonaparte, Josephine de Beauharnais, Horatio Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
17 June 2015