Shannon Selin

About me

Shannon Selin is the author of Napoleon in America (January 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

The tragedy of Colonel Pierre Viriot

Hussard de Chamboran by Henri Félix Philippoteaux. Pierre Viriot joined the Chamboran hussars in 1791.Pierre Viriot was a promising French soldier who wound up on the bad side of both the Napoleonic and the Bourbon regimes. His sad tale shows the power of Napoleon’s police to ruin a man’s life.A…

Coiffure à la Titus

Emperor Titus of RomeLast week I looked at Napoleon in America character Barthélemy Bacheville, who a police report of 1816 described as being “coiffed à la Titus.” This got me wondering: what does a Roman Emperor have to do with hairstyles in early 19th century France?Talma as TitusTitus ruled the Roman Empire from 79 to…

Barthélemy Bacheville: Napoleonic soldier, outlaw & perfumer

Barthélemy BachevilleLast week I looked at the demi-soldes, France’s half-pay veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, many of whom appear as characters in Napoleon in America. Captain Barthélemy Bacheville is a particularly interesting example of the species. A great admirer of Napoleon, Bacheville fought in most of the Emperor’s campaigns and…

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