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

Maurice Dietrichstein, governor of Napoleon’s son

Maurice Dietrichstein (Moritz von Dietrichstein) by Joseph Kriehuber, 1828Little did Napoleon realize, when releasing Major Maurice Dietrichstein from a French prison in 1800, that the Austrian nobleman would one day be responsible for the education of his son, Napoleon II. More a musical connoisseur than a military man, Dietrichstein became…

Louise Marie Thérèse d’Artois: Mademoiselle of France

The Duchess of Berry with her children Louise Marie Thérèse d’Artois and Henri Charles Ferdinand Dieudonné d’Artois, by François Gérard, 1822Like others in her family, Louise Marie Thérèse d’Artois lived a life marked by murder, revolution and exile. Born a French princess of the Bourbon line, Louise spent the majority…

Henri d’Artois, unready to be king

Henri d’Artois, Duke of Bordeaux, circa 1833Henri d’Artois, Duke of Bordeaux and Count of Chambord, was the last representative of the senior branch of the French Bourbon kings. Born to great fanfare as a presumed heir of the French throne, he lost his royal privilege when his grandfather, King Charles…

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