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

Anecdotes of Napoleon’s son, the King of Rome

Portrait of the King of Rome, circa 1815, by Jean-Baptiste Isabey Napoleon’s only legitimate son, Napoleon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, also known as the King of Rome, was born on March 20, 1811. By all accounts he was a cute, strong-willed and kind-hearted little boy. He was also greatly spoiled. Here…

Dangers of Walking in Vienna in the 1820s

View of the relatively uncrowded Graben in Vienna around 1800. From the collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San José State University Pity the poor pedestrian in Vienna during the time in which Napoleon in America is set. Here’s what an English visitor had to say…

When Louisa Adams met Joseph Bonaparte

Louisa Adams by Gilbert Stuart, circa 1821-1826 In Napoleon in America, Louisa Adams – the English-born wife of then-Secretary of State John Quincy Adams – listens with interest as Elizabeth Hopkinson talks about travelling with Napoleon and his older brother Joseph to upstate New York. That vignette is set in…

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