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 series.

From my website

Texas Priest Francisco Maynes

Mission San Juan Capistrano, around which Father Francisco Maynes acquired land. Painting by Hermann Lungkwitz, 1856. Francisco Maynes was a Spanish-born Catholic priest and occasional military chaplain who served in Texas in the early 19th century under Spanish, and then Mexican, rule. Maynes proved quite successful in petitioning the San…

What did Napoleon’s wives think of each other?

Empress Josephine in coronation costume by François Gérard, 1807-08 Napoleon Bonaparte had two wives: Josephine (Rose de Beauharnais) and Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria. What did they think of each other? Josephine’s view of Marie Louise Josephine was born in Martinique on June 23, 1763 as Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher…

Texas Revolutionary José Francisco Ruiz

José Francisco Ruiz José Francisco Ruiz was a Mexican soldier who fought for Mexico’s independence from Spain and later supported Texas’s struggle for independence from Mexico. He is most noted for being one of only two native-born Texans to sign the 1836 Texas Declaration of Independence, even though he was…

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