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

The First Texas Novel

Two books vie for the honour of being the first Texas novel, and both were written by Frenchmen. One of the books has a connection with Napoleon and includes several of the characters in Napoleon in America. The other – set during the Texas Revolution – was written by a disaffected…

The John Quincy Adams Portrait by Gilbert Stuart & Thomas Sully

John Quincy Adams by Gilbert Stuart, 1825, and Thomas Sully, 1829-30, Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Ward Nicholas Boylston to Harvard College, 1828 In researching John Quincy Adams for Napoleon in America, I came across a portrait in which Adams’ head was painted by Gilbert Stuart and his body…

Assassination Attempts Against Napoleon

Napoleon Bonaparte feared assassination and reportedly took precautions against it. His friend Betsy Balcombe asked him about this when he was in exile on St. Helena. I told him I had heard that he wore armour under his dress, to render him invulnerable, as he was continually in dread of…

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