Charles Napier (1786-1860) served in the Royal Navy for sixty years. A brave yet controversial commander, he became one of the most popular naval officers in Britain for his role in many battles during the Napoleonic, Anglo-American, Syrian and Crimean wars. He also served as an MP in Parliament. In this two-volume work, originally published in 1836, Napier gives a first-hand account of the Portuguese Civil War, in which he was a key participant. Between 1828 and 1834, a conflict of succession occurred between two brothers, the progressive constitutionalist Don Pedro and the authoritarian absolutist Don Miguel. In 1833, Napier led the Liberal fleet which defeated Don Miguel. He remained in Portugal for some time after the surrender to fight pockets of Miguelite resistance.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.80(d)|
Table of Contents
Volume 1: 1. Captain Peak occupies Santiago; 2. Reduction of the naval force; 3. Position of the armies of the queen and Don Miguel; 4. Marvao surprised by a party under d'Abreu; 5. Lord Howard de Walden replaces Lord W. Russell as ambassador at Lisbon; 6. Propositions for putting an end to the contest; 7. Narrative of military operations resumed; 8. Don Miguel sends Louis de Bourmont with troops into Algarve; 9. Occurrences at Oporto; 10. The author sails to attempt Figueira; 11. The Chaves cavalry come over to the queen; 12. Causes which led to Don Miguel's downfall; Appendix. Volume 2: Preface; 1. State of Portugal after the decease of Don John; 2. Administration formed by Don Pedro; 3. Feelings of the troops and islanders; 4. General attack on the Miguelite army behind the Souza; 5. Count Villa Flor attacks the Miguelites on the south of the Tagus; 6. The Miguelites attack Oporto; 7. Successful attack on Villa Nova, by the troops of Don Pedro; 8. Oporto strictly blockaded; 9. The Miguelites are foiled in an attack on Oporto; 10. Reception of the author at Oporto; 11. Difficulty in obtaining water; 12. The queen's fleet anchors in Lagos bay; 13. Folly of Don Miguel's ministers; 14. Don Pedro arrives in Lisbon; 15. Description of the entrenchments of Lisbon; 16. General Macdonnell replaces Bourmont as commander of the Miguelite army; Appendix.