Shannon Selin

About me

Shannon Selin is the author of Napoleon in America (January 2014), which imagines what might have happened if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from exile on St. Helena and wound up in the United States in 1821. Her short stories have appeared in The Copperfield Review and CommuterLit. Shannon blogs about Napoleonic and 19th century history at She lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she is working on the next novel in her Napoleon series.

From my website

Dorothea Lieven, a diplomat in skirts

Dorothea Lieven by Sir Thomas Lawrence, circa 1813Sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued and a diplomatic force to be reckoned with, Princess Dorothea Lieven became another one of my favourites when researching Napoleon in America. As the wife of the Russian ambassador to Great Britain from 1812 to 1834, Dorothea had easy access to…

10 Interesting Facts about Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon as First Consul, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Napoleon is hiding one of his beautiful hands.There’s no shortage of Napoleon Bonaparte facts. Here are 10 you may not be aware of. They struck me as interesting when I was researching Napoleon in America.1. Napoleon couldn’t carry a tune.Louis-Joseph Marchand, Napoleon’s valet from…

Simon Bernard, Napoleon’s general in the US Army

General Simon Bernard by Édouard BailleIn an illustration of Napoleon’s “career open to all talents,” Simon Bernard rose from modest origins to become an engineering general in the Grande Armée. He attracted Napoleon’s personal attention when, as a young officer, he had the nerve to give the Emperor unsolicited advice about…

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