Shannon Selin

About me

Shannon Selin is the author of Napoleon in America (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 alternate history series.

From my website

Joseph Bonaparte and the Crown of Mexico

Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain and the Indies, by François Gérard, 1808 When Joseph Bonaparte was King of Spain, he was also, by default, the ruler of Mexico, or New Spain as it was called at the time. The Mexicans didn’t like him. Did they then offer Joseph a crown…

Royal Wedding? Humbug!

Tired of syrupy talk about the royal wedding? Here’s a corrective from some earlier royal nuptials. In 1816 British journalist William Cobbett (the same Cobbett who provided advice on settling in New York in 1820) wrote a scathing article about the impending marriage of Princess Charlotte of Wales – granddaughter…

Exercise for Women in the early 19th Century

Women who wanted to keep fit in the early 19th century had to contend with the notion that they were too delicate for many forms of exercise. They also had to deal with clothing that constrained their physical movement. The following recommendations were aimed at women in the upper and…

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