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Napoleon in Captivity
Author: Aleksandr Antonovich Balmain

ISBN: 9781781551202
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 15 July 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.0
The 1815 Treaty of Paris was signed between France on the one hand and the Allied Powers of Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia on the other. One of the treaty terms allowed each nation to send a Commissioner to St Helena to observe upon Napoleon's captivity. Russia accepted this, and sent Count Balmain to report back to St Petersburg.

About the Author

Alexandre Antonovich, Comte de Balmain, was descended from a Scottish family, the Ramsays of Balmain, which had left Scotland in 1685 and emigrated to Russia. His father had occupied the high post of governor-general of the Kursk Government. In 1801, aged twenty but already a captain, Balmain was dismissed from his cavalry regiment for having struck a policeman in a street row, but, restored to imperial favour a few days afterward when Tsar Alexander suddenly came to the throne, he elected for the diplomatic service. There is where, no doubt, he belonged, for he was clever, somewhat unscrupulous, ambitious, fond of society, which soon became fond of him. During his missions at Naples, Vienna, and London, he did very little work, but alrea...

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