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Napoleonic Fiction, Drama & Poetry
Napoleonic Bee
O’Brian, Patrick (1914- 2000)
    The Jack Aubrey - Steven Maturin Napoleonic Naval adventures:
Master and Commander (London, 1970) About the commander of an English brig fighting the French and Spanish on the Mediterranean in the early 1800s. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]

Post Captain (London, 1972)
H.M.S. Surprise  (London, 1973)
Mauritius Command (London, 1977)
Desolation Island (London, 1978)
The Fortune of War  (London, 1979)
The Surgeon's Mate (London, 1980)
The Ionian Mission (London, 1981)
Treason's Harbor  (London, 1983)
The Far Side of the World (London, 1984)
The Reverse of the Medal (London, 1986)
The Letter of Marque (London, 1988)
The Thirteen Gun Salute (London, 1989)
The Nutmeg of Consolation (London, 1991)
The Truelove (Clarissa Oakes in UK) (London, 1992)
The Wine-Dark Sea (London, 1993) 
The Commodore (London, 1994)
The Yellow Admiral (London, 1997)
The Hundred Days (London, 1998)
Blue at the Mizzen (London, 1999)
SUBJECT:  Aubrey, Jack (Fictitious character) -- Fiction. Maturin, Stephen (Fictitious character) -- Fiction. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Fiction. Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Okudzhava, Bulat Shalvovich (1924-   )
Un banquet pour Napoléon : roman (Paris, 1985); Spotkanie z Bonapartem (Warszawa, 1992; Moskva, 1985)  Translation of Svidanie s Bonapartom
SUBJECT:  Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Fiction. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 – Campaigns -- Soviet Union – Fiction. 
Old Sailor (1790-1846) 
Nights at Sea, or, Sketches of naval life during the war (London, 1837-1838) From Bentley's miscellany.
Ollivant, Alfred (1874-1927)
The Gentleman: A Romance of the Sea (1908) Opens a few weeks before Trafalgar and occupies only three days: the Gentleman, who was an Irish rebel, is employed by Napoleon in an attempt to kidnap Nelson. 1805. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]

The title-role of this romance is played by a member of the Irish Legion, who is, at once, a wonderful swordsman, privateer, captain of smugglers and the author of a daring plot to capture Nelson. The hero is a young midshipman, who, commissioned by this commander to warn Nelson, undergoes thrilling adventures on the South Coast in his attempt to foil the Gentleman. The author makes no pretence to historical accuracy in this vigorous narrative, which, however, contains a remarkably graphic account of a naval battle. Sussex Coast, 1805. [Comments from Buckley & Williams' A Guide to British Historical Fiction (London, 1912)]

Devil Dare: A Story of a traitor (1923) The story of a traitor in the conflict between Nelson and Napoleon. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]

Openshaw, Mary 
 
The Loser Pays: A story of the French Revolution (1908) Rouget de Lisle who wrote the “Marseillaise” is the hero, and his son the narrator. The young Bonaparte appears. 1791-1793. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]

The Cross of Honour (1910) Poland during the Napoleonic wars. Madame Walewska and Napoleon the supposed parents of Comte Walewski (1810-68). Scenes, Paris and Warsaw, chiefly the latter. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] 1806.
 

Orczy, Emmuska Orczy, Baroness (1865-1947)
Waterloo; a story of the hundred days (Munsey's magazine, 1915) Republished as The Bronze Eagle

The Bronze Eagle (London, 1915)  This novel was published serially under the title of "Waterloo". Conflict between Royalists and Bonapartists during the Hundred Days. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]
SUBJECT   Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, 1769-1821. -- Elba and the Hundred Days, 1814-1815 – Fiction.

Sheaf of Bluebells (1917) A French noblewoman plots to overthrow Napoleon. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]

The Man in Grey; being episodes of the Chouan conspiracies in Normandy during the first empire (London, New York, 1918) [Gaslight ed.] 1810-1811. 

Castles in the Air (1922) Adventures of a charming rogue in Paris after Napoleon's defeat. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]

Oxenham, John (1852-1941) (pseud. for William Arthur Dunkerley) 
Carette of Sark (A Man of Sark) (1907) The Channel Isles during the French Wars -- privateering, sea-fights, and escapes of prisoners interned in the great stockade in the English Midlands. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] 1800. 

Lauristons (1910) England and the Continent during the Napoleonic era, with special reference to Napoleon’s flight from Elba. The culminating point is Waterloo. Burke, Fox, Pitt, the Duke of Kent, Napoleon, Talleyrand appear. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] 1800-1815.

Oxley, James Macdonald (1855-1907) 
Diamond Rock (1894) British frigate harasses French fleet off Martinique; hero later serves with Nelson at Trafalgar. (Juvenile fiction)
Napoleonic Bee
Palmer, John Leslie & Hilary Aiden St. George Saunders... see Pilgrim, David (pseud.)

Parkinson, C. Northcote (Cyril Northcote) (1909-1993)
  Richard Delancey Royal Naval series: 
Devil to Pay (1973)
The Fireship (1975)
Touch and Go (1977)
Dead Reckoning  (1978)
So Near, So Far (1981)
The Guernseyman (1982)

The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower (London, 1970)  Humorous  biography of
Hornblower.

Paretti, Sandra
Rose und Schwert (Hamburg, 1967) translated as The Rose and the Sword (1969) An aristocratic French girl defends her purity amidst the license and excesses of Napoleonic France. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]
Parker, Gilbert (1862-1932)
The Battle of the Strong (New York, 1898) The story opens with the battle of Jersey and the defence of St. Helier against the French by Major Peirson. There are entertaining pictures of Jersey life, and the local colour has throughout been well reproduced, though the fault has been found with the Anglo-Norman patois. The story proceeds with unflagging interest to the Napoleonic Wars, and we catch passing glimpses of the Revolution and the tragedy at La Vendée. 1781-1793. [Comments from Buckley & Williams' A Guide to British Historical Fiction (London, 1912)]
Peard, Frances Mary (1835-1923) 
Catharine (1893) Romance in a normally peaceful English countryside upset by the threat of Napoleon's ambitions. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]
Peel, E.
Borodino -- An Ode (1845) Published in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, January 1845.
Peirce, Hayford 
Napoleon Disentimed  (New York, 1987)
SUBJECT:  Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Fiction. Time travel – Fiction
Pemberton, Max, Sir (1863-1950) 
Beatrice of Venice: a romance of the last days of the Venetian Republic and of Napoleon’s campaign in Italy (London, 1904) Adventures of a French officer in Venice, while Napoleon was fighting his campaigns in Italy. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] 1797.

The Hundred Days (1905) An exciting love-tale, with vivid glimpses of Napoleon and the political and military movements. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] 1815. 

The Great White Army (1915) Napoleon's invasion of deserted Moscow and the disastrous retreat of the French army in the brutal Russian winter. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]

Paulina; a story of Napoleon and the fall of Venice (London & New York, 1922)
Subjects: Venice (Italy)--History--French occupation, 1797--Fiction.

My sword for Lafayette : being the story of a great friendship: and of certain episodes in the wars waged for liberty, both in France and America, by one who took no mean part therein (Leipzig, 1906) 279p.

Pérez Galdós, Benito (1843-1920) 
Trafalgar (1884) Interest centres in the great sea-fight, but the romance has a personal side. 1805.  Part of the series Episodios nacionales primera serie, 46 novels tracing Spanish history from the battle of Trafalgar to the restoration of the monarchy in 1875. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]

Strategy of Villeneuve and Nelson in their decisive naval encounter. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]

La Corte de Carlos IV (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie

Madrid (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie

Cádiz (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie) Covers time period 1809-1813.

Gerona (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie) covers the time period 1808-1809. 

Zaragoza (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie) 1808-1809, Siege of Zaragoza.  A novel based on the siege of Saragossa in 1808. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]

Napoleón en Chamartín: fragmentos sobre la defensa de Madrid y el heroismo de los madrileños (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie

Bailén (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie) 1808. 

El 19 de marzo el 2 de Mayo (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie

La Batalla de los Arapiles (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie) Battle of Salamanca 

Juan Martín "El Empecinado" (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie

El equipaje del rey José (part of Episodios Nacionales primera serie)

Pérez y Pérez, Rafael.
El lobo de la falconera (Barcelona, 1963)
SUBJECT:  Spain -- History -- Napoleonic Conquest, 1808-1813 -- Fiction
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo (1951 -  )
El húsar  (Madrid, 1986)
SUBJECT:   Spain -- History -- Napoleonic Conquest, 1808-1813 -- Fiction.

La sombra del águila (Madrid, 1993)
SUBJECT   Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Russia -- Fiction. Guerras napoleónicas, 1800-1815 -- Campañas -- Rusia -- Novela. 

Peyramaure, Michel. 
Napoléon, chronique romanesque (Paris, 1991)
SUBJECT:  Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Fiction. France -- History -- Consulate and First Empire, 1799- 1815 -- Fiction. 

Lavalette, grenadier d'Egypte : roman (Paris, 1998)
SUBJECT:   Lavalette, Spartacus -- Fiction. Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Fiction. Egypt -- History -- French occupation, 1798-1801 -- Fiction. Historical Novel

Peyré, Joseph (1892-1968)
Les lanciers de Jerez; roman.  (Paris, 1961)
SUBJECT:    Spain -- History -- Napoleonic Conquest, 1808-1813 -- Fiction. 

Les remparts de Cadix; [roman.] (Paris, 1962)
SUBJECT:   Spain -- History -- Napoleonic Conquest, 1808-1813 -- Fiction.

Phillpotts, Eden
The American Prisoner (1904) A story of when thousands of French and American prisoners were herded in the war prison at Princetown, and goaded by their miseries into several desperate outbreaks. Contains a number of melodramatic figures, particularly the fierce, avaricious, unsexed beldame, Lovey Lee, who plots to set the prisoners free and then betrays them. 1814. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]
Pickering, Edgar 
In Press-Gang Days (1895) This juvenile story describes how the hero was caught by the press-gang and taken on board the Sandwich, how he took part in the Nore mutiny, and how later, with Nelson, he fought at the storming of Santa Cruz, and at the battle of the Nile. There is an abundance of stirring incident. 1797-1798. [Comments from Buckley & Williams' A Guide to British Historical Fiction (London, 1912)]
Pilgrim, David (pseud. for John Leslie Palmer and Hilary Aiden St. George Saunders)
So Great a Man (London, 1937) Napoleon's life during the ten months from March, 1808, to January, 1809. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]

The Emperor's Servant; four tales of the Napoleonic Wars (London, 1946)

Pinkerton, T.A.
The French Prisoner: A Romance of Dartmoor and the Western Seas (1894) Adventures in the time of the Bonaparte scare; privateering, smuggling, duelling, etc., worked up with plenty of local colour. Some of the action takes place in France, and there is sea-fighting of French and English. 1795-1815. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]
Pistorius, Fritz (pseud.) ... see Eule, Robert

Pitt, George Dibdin (1799-1855)
Napoleon, the Star of France in three acts (1850) Drama.
Pollard, Eliza F. (d.1911) 
For the Emperor (1909) Adventures of young girl during Invasion and retreat from Moscow [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] 1812-1813. (Juvenile fiction)
Poole, R. W. F.
The Black Madonna (Eynsham, 1997)
SUBJECT:   Borzoi -- Russia -- Fiction. Icons -- Russia -- Fiction. Cossacks -- Fiction. Brigands and robbers -- Russia -- Fiction. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Austria -- Fiction.  Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Russia -- Fiction. 
Poore, Benjamin Perley (1820-1887)
The Mameluke, or, The sign of the mystic tie a tale of the camp and court of Bonaparte (Boston, 1852)
Pope, Dudley (1925-1997)
Nicholas Ramage Royal Navy series: ca. 1796-1810
Ramage (1965) Unconventional British naval Lieutenant Ramage rescues an Italian Marchesa who sympathizes with British resistance to Napoleon (followed by Drumbeat). [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]


Ramage and the Drumbeat (1968) (US title Drumbeat) Lieutenant Lord Ramage sails his sloop Kathleen to both glory and destruction during the Napoleonic conflict. Followed by The Triton Brig. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]


The Triton brig. (Garden City, N.Y., 1969) Lieutenant Lord Ramage surmounts a mutiny to deliver an important message and capture privateers in the West Indies. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]


Ramage and the Freebooters (1969)


Governor Ramage R.N. (1973)


Ramage's Prize (1974)


Ramage and the Guillotine (1975)


Ramage's Diamond (1976)


Ramage's Mutiny (1977)


Ramage and the Rebels (1978)


The Ramage Touch (1979)


Ramage's Signal (1980)


Ramage and the Renegades (1981)


Ramage's Devil (1982)


Ramage's Trial (1984)


Ramage's Challenge (1985)


Ramage at Trafalgar (1986)


Ramage and the Saracens (1988)


Ramage and the Dido (1989)

Galleon : a novel (New York, 1986)
SUBJECT:    Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Fiction. Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century -- Fiction.

Porter, Anna Maria (1780-1832)
The Hungarian Brothers (1807) Hungary, Austria and Italy during the wars against the French in Italy. [Comments from McGarry & White's World Historical Fiction Guide (Metuchen, NJ, 1973)]
Powers, Anne (1913-   )
The Thousand Fires. (Indianapolis, 1957) The battles and adventures of the final years of Napoleon's power.
Poynter, H. May 
Scarlet Town; A Conceit (1894) Based on the Narrative of a Captivity and Adventures in France and Flanders, by Captain Edward Boys (1785-1866). Describes town and neighbourhood of Sandwich (Boys wrote a book on the advantages of a Sandwich or Downs Harbour), and tells how a young naval officer escapes from Verdun, where he was imprisoned by Napoleon. 1804-1809. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]
Price, Eleanor Catherine 
Young Denys: A Story of the Days of Napoleon (1896) Story of a bookseller's son carried off by press-gang, at sea on the Undaunted, ship-wrecked, and rescued by Provençals; begins and ends at Winchester. Napoleon is caught sight of on his way to and from Elba. 1812-1814 [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] (Juvenile fiction) 

Angelot: A Tale of the First Empire (1902) A Chouan plot against Napoleon, and the love affair of an Angevin gentleman and his cousin, destined by her parents for one of Napoleon’s upstart generals. Founded on fact. The scenery drawn from life. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] 1811-1812 (Juvenile fiction)

Prouteau, Gilbert.
La nuit de l'île d'Aix (Paris, 1985)
SUBJECT:  Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Fiction. 
Przerwa-Tetmajer, Kazimierz (1865-1940)
Koniec epopei (Warszawa, 1924)
SUBJECT:    Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Russia -- Fiction. <
Pulitzer, Albert
Une idylle sous Napoléon Ier. Le roman du Prince Eugène (Paris, 1894); translated by Mrs. B.M. Sherman as An Idyll under Napoleon. The Romance of Prince Eugene (New York, 1896)
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich (1799-1837) 
Napoleon and the Gaslight digital edition Napoleon (concluding stanzas) (1821)

The Shot (Autumn 1830) [Gaslight ed.] from The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin

The Blizzard (Autumn 1830)  (also  translated as The Snowstorm) [Gaslight ed.] from The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin

Roslavlev (1831) fragment of a novel, in response to Zagoskin's novel by the same title.

Pushkin, V. A. (Valentin Aleksandrovich)
Iz edinoi liubvi k Otechestvu : kulturno-istoricheskie ocherki (Moskva, 1988)
SUBJECT:    Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Soviet Union -- Fiction. 
Napoleonic Bee
Quigley, Aileen (1930-  )
Empress to the Eagle  (London, 1975)
SUBJECT:  Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Fiction. Marie Louise, -- Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, -- 1791-1847. -- Fiction. Queens -- France --  Fiction. France -- Kings and rulers -- Fiction.
Quiller-Couch, A.T. (Q) (1863-1944)
The Laird's Luck and other Fireside Tales (London; New York, 1901) 
  • The Laird's Luck (1814-1815) An eerie tale of Scotland and Quartre Bras [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)](1815)
  • Three Men of Badajos [Gaslight ed.] Refers to the assault on Badajos in the Peninsular war. (1808-1812)
  • The Two Scouts (Spanish campaigns 1808-13) 
  • Captain Dick and Captain Jacka (1805) 


The Wescotes (1902) Dorothea Westcote, aged 37, falls in love with a handsome French prisoner 15 years her junior, and is cruelly awakened to her belated romance.  A pathetic story, told with a fine courtesy and delicacy that save it from touching the ridiculous.  Scene, an old Devonshire country town.  Some good old-fashioned characters, French and English, among the dramatis personae. 1810. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] (Appeared in Blackwoods, 1901-1902) 

The Adventures of Harry Revel (1903) The random adventures of a delightful foundling, a charming Welshwoman, and other originals. Covers a number of years down to the Peninsular War time and the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo. 1809-1817. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]

A story told with great charm of the wanderings of a foundling child, who grows up to take part in the Peninsular War. Full of pictures of contemporary English town and country life, the characterization is tender and delicate. In strong contrast are the scenes of bloodshed and battle fury, painted with vivid realism in the later chapters, which include amongst other incidents the capture and looting of Ciudad Rodrigo. [Comments from Buckley & Williams' A Guide to British Historical Fiction (London, 1912)]

Shakespeare's Christmas and other stories (New York, 1904; London, 1905) 

The Mayor of Troy (1905) A farcical chapter in the annals of Troy Town -- the deeds of the Troy Volunteer Artillery during the Napoleonic scare of 1804-1805. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]

Hi-Spy-Hi (1907) Gives a glimpse of the Napoleonic scare of 1804-1805 and the local fencibles. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] In Merry Garden, and other Stories 

Poison Island (1907) A Treasure Island story on the Stevensonian plan with some characters after Dickens, opening in Cornwall, with echoes of the  Peninsular war and of Napoleon's captivity in Elba, and the more tangible allusion of the arrival at Falmouth of a big batch of returned prisoners. In the process of a voyage to the island we also hear of the American War of 1812, which was still causing trouble to shipping. 1813-1814. [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)]

Corporal Sam, and other Stories (London, 1910) 

  • Corporal Sam Tale of a soldier carried away by his human feelings during the horrors of the storming of San Sebastian (August, 1813). [Comments from Ernest A. Baker's A Guide to Historical Fiction (London, 1914)] 



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