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.

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Napoleon’s banker, Jacques Laffitte

Jacques LaffitteJacques Laffitte is Napoleon’s French banker in Napoleon in America. He should not be confused with Jean Laffite, the pirate who rescues Napoleon from St. Helena in the novel. A financier and politician who rose from poverty to become one of France’s richest citizens, Jacques Laffitte is considered one of the creators…

Adam Albert von Neipperg, Lover of Napoleon’s wife

Adam Albert von Neipperg, circa 1820Adam Albert von Neipperg was an Austrian nobleman, soldier and diplomat who seduced Napoleon’s second wife, Marie Louise, while Napoleon was in exile on Elba. Charged with this task by Marie Louise’s father, Emperor Francis I of Austria, Neipperg discouraged Marie Louise from joining her…

Charlotte Bonaparte, Napoleon’s artistic niece

The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte by Jacques-Louis David, 1821. Charlotte is on the left, behind Zénaïde. Painted in Brussels, the sisters are reading a letter from their father Joseph, who is in America.Though not considered beautiful, Charlotte Bonaparte – the daughter of Napoleon’s brother Joseph – was intelligent and…

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