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

Restoration policeman & spymaster Guy Delavau

Guy Delavau Guy Delavau, the police chief who interrogates Pierre Viriot in Napoleon in America, presided over an elaborate and inefficient network to spy on suspected enemies of Bourbon rule during the Second Restoration. A pious ultra-royalist Guy-Louis-Jean-Baptiste Delavau was born into the French nobility on July 1, 1787 at Doué-la-Fontaine in the Maine-et-Loire…

Napoleon’s birthday at sea

Transport of Napoleon from the Bellerophon to the Northumberland by Antoine Charles Horace Vernet and Jacques François Swebach Napoleon Bonaparte celebrated his 46th birthday – August 15, 1815 – as a prisoner on a Royal Navy ship off the northwest coast of Spain. How did he spend the day? Winning…

Jim Bowie before the “gaudy legend”

Jim Bowie by George Peter Alexander Healey, around 1820 Before Jim Bowie became one of the most mythologized figures in American history, he was a con artist. One of his partners in crime was the pirate Jean Laffite, who introduces Bowie to Napoleon in Napoleon in America. Frontier child James…

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