Bilingual French / English
120 pages 22x28cm
Text by Michel Dancoisne-Martineau
shipped from Saint Helena
Napoleon’s stay at the Briars has a special place in his story: an interlude of fifty-three days of calm in the epic tale of his life. This break allowed the people involved to analyse, summarise and comment on what had taken place during the journey between Portoferraio and St Helena.
This book tells the story of:
› how the French exiles settled in, on an island where their life would be completely different.
› William Balcombe, a flamboyant and slightly unscrupulous businessman.
› The Briars, residence of the Balcombe family who welcomed Napoleon into their home, and the
› Toby, one of the slaves working on the Briars estate, on whom the spotlight of history was to fall.