Readers with an interest in ancient times will love John Gibson Lockhart's Valerius, a carefully researched tale that follows the son of a high-ranking Roman officer and his British bride as they take a holiday to Rome and get a first-hand look at that culture's customs and mores.
Originally published in 1829, John Gibson Lockhart's biography of one of the world's greatest military geniuses, endeavours to steer a middle course between diatribe and legend. His treatment of the many controversial topics with which the Napoleonic story bristles always bears the imprint of the author's personality. His style is at once graphic and terse, easy and graceful; and his predilection for incidents and anecdotes of a personal and humorous kind diversifies a narrative which necessarily abounds in facts, figures and contentious questions. This book is a must-read for those who desire to know more about Napoleon the man, and the picturesque incidents of his career.
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