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Les Cent Jours (1/2) - Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire de la vie privée, du retour et du règne de Napoléon en 1815.
La rvolution du 20 mars formera, sans doute, l'pisode le plus remarquable de la vie de Napolon, dj si fconde en vnemens surnaturels. Mon intention n'a point t d'en crire l'histoire: cette noble tche est au-dessus de mes forces; j'ai voulu seulement mettre Napolon en scne, et opposer ses paroles, ses actions et la vrit, aux assertions errones de quelques historiens, aux mensonges de l'esprit de parti et aux outrages de ces crivains de circonstance habitus insulter, dans le malheur, ceux qu'ils ont honors dans la prosprit. Jusqu'alors, on n'avait pu s'accorder sur les motifs et les circonstances qui avaient dtermin l'Empereur quitter l'le d'Elbe. Quelques personnes supposaient qu'il avait agi de son propre mouvement; d'autres, qu'il avait conspir avec ses partisans la perte des Bourbons. Ces deux suppositions taient galement fausses. On apprendra avec surprise, avec admiration peut-tre, que cette tonnante rvolution fut l'ouvrage inoui de deux hommes et de quelques mots. La relation du colonel Z***, dj si prcieuse par les rvlations qu'elle renferme, nous parat devoir fixer sous d'autres rapports l'attention du lecteur. En l'tudiant soigneusement, on y dcouvre le type des dfauts, des qualits, des passions, qui, confondus ensemble, forment le caractre, si plein de contrastes, de l'incomprhensible Napolon. On l'aperoit tour--tour dfiant et expansif, ardent et rserv, entreprenant et irrsolu, vindicatif et gnreux, libral et monarchique. Mais on voit dominer par-dessus tout, cette activit, cette force, cette chaleur d'me, ces inspirations brillantes et ces dterminations soudaines qui n'appartiennent qu'aux hommes extraordinaires, qu'aux hommes de gnie. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 25616
Author: Fleury de Chaboulon, Pierre Alexandre Édouard
Release Date: May 26, 2008
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