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

John Quincy Adams and Napoleon

John Quincy Adams by Gilbert Stuart, 1818As an American diplomat in Europe during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, John Quincy Adams had ample opportunity to observe the effects of Napoleon’s military adventures. Though critical of Napoleon and pleased to see the end of his rule, Adams developed a sneaking…

10 Things Napoleon Never Said

Napoleon didn’t say an army travels on its stomach, and he didn’t cross the Alps on a horse.Napoleon is one of the most quoted people in history, and thus also one of the most misquoted. Here are 10 supposed Napoleon Bonaparte quotes that did not originate with him.1. God always…

Joseph Bonaparte: From King of Spain to New Jersey

Joseph Bonaparte by Charles Willson Peale, 1820Amiable and obliging, Joseph Bonaparte was in many respects the opposite of his younger brother Napoleon. Fond of literature, gardening and entertaining, Joseph was perfectly happy to spend his days pottering about his estate. Napoleon, however, had grander plans for his brother, most notably…

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