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

Gustave Aimard, the Frenchman who wrote Westerns

Gustave Aimard In doing research for Napoleon in America, I read several novels set in Texas in the mid-19th century. One of the authors of such works was Gustave Aimard, a French adventurer who wrote over 70 popular novels about the New World. Aimard was the illegitimate son of the…

How to Throw a Party in Regency London

When one imagines a party in London during the Regency era – like the soiree at which the Duke of Wellington learns of Napoleon’s escape in Napoleon in America – one tends to think of lavish rooms, pretty gowns and fancy dancing. Less thought is given to the work the…

Fake News about Napoleon Bonaparte

Lest you think fake news is a recent problem, here are a few samples from the Napoleonic era. King of Rome not Napoleon’s son Substituted at birth? Napoleon I, Marie Louise and the King of Rome by Alexandre Menjaud, 1812 Napoleon’s only legitimate child, the King of Rome, was born…

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