Events for Sunday 15th July 2012
On This Day in History
Napoleon surrenders aboard HMS Bellerophon15th July 1815
On 29 June the near approach of the Prussians, who had orders to seize him, dead or alive, caused him to retire westwards toward Rochefort, whence he hoped to reach the United States. The presence of blockading Royal Navy warships with orders to prevent his escape forestalled this plan. Finally, unable to remain in France or escape from it, he surrendered himself to Captain Maitland of HMS Bellerophon and was transported to England. The full restoration of Louis XVIII followed the emperor’s departure. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island of Saint Helena where he died in May 1821.
Further ReadingThe Road to St Helena
by J. David Markham
Napoleon's incredible career went through a number of distinct periods. Much has been written about his rise to power, his time as leader of France, his ultimate defeat at Waterloo and his exile on St Helena. But the short critical period of his fall from power, the few months in… Read more...Only £19.99 at Pen & Sword Books.