NAPOLEON ON ST HELENA: DEATH AND RESURRECTION
Chris Danziger, lecturer
After Waterloo, the Allies wanted Napoleon safely out of the way for once and for all. Why did they choose to send him to St Helena? What kind of life could the one-time Emperor live on this tiny island? And how did Napoleon use his time on St Helena to renew and promote the principles of Bonapartism? Many have called his time on St Helena his last and greatest victory. But that time was shorter than he might have expected. After only five years he died in circumstances which are still the subject of lively debate. Nineteen years later, when his body was repatriated to France, Napoleon was taken out of St Helena, but, arguably, St Helena has never been taken out of Napoleon.