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

José Antonio Díaz de León, the last Franciscan missionary in Texas

Aranama Indians near La Bahía (Goliad), Texas, by Lino Sánchez y Tapia, 1829. Mission Espíritu Santo, which Father José Antonio Diaz de Leon sought to save for the Aranamas, is in the background. Father José Antonio Díaz de León, the last Franciscan missionary in Texas, was an ardent defender of…

The death of Napoleon’s son, the Duke of Reichstadt

Napoleon’s only legitimate child, Napoleon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, also known as the King of Rome, Napoleon II or the Duke of Reichstadt, died of tuberculosis at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna on July 22, 1832. He was only 21 years old. You can read my articles about his perilous birth and his…

Remarkable cases of longevity in the 19th century

Louis Victor Baillot (1793-1898), the last surviving Battle of Waterloo veteran Napoleon Bonaparte died when he was 51 years old. Though his life was cut short by stomach cancer, he lived a reasonable life span for someone who was born in 1769, when life expectancy at birth was no more…

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