Murat

Murat

by Alexandre Dumas

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Overview

Joachim-Napoléon Murat was the brother-in-law of Napoleon Boneparte, and held many titles in his life including Marshal of France, Grand Admiral of France, Grand Duke of Berg, and King of Naples.

The story was first published as part of Dumas’s eight-volume series “Celebrated Crimes” (1839–40), and recounts Murat’s fall from favour and fascinating death subsequent to Napoleon’s own demise.

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was a famous French writer. He is best remembered for his exciting romantic sagas, including "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo". Despite making a great deal of money from his writing, Dumas was almost perpetually penniless thanks to his decidedly extravagant lifestyle.

Chapter 1:

Toulon

On the 18th June, 1815, at the very moment when the destiny of Europe was being decided at Waterloo, a man dressed like a beggar was silently following the road from Toulon to Marseilles.

Arrived at the entrance of the Gorge of Ollioulles, he halted on a little eminence from which he could see all the surrounding country; then either because he had reached the end of his journey, or because, before attempting that forbidding, sombre pass which is called the Thermopylae of Provence, he wished to enjoy the magnificent view which spread to the southern horizon a little longer, he went and sat down on the edge of the ditch which bordered the road, turning his back on the mountains which rise like an amphitheatre to the north of the town, and having at his feet a rich plain covered with tropical vegetation, exotics of a conservatory, trees and flowers quite unknown in any other part of France.

Beyond this plain, glittering in the last rays of the sun, pale and motionless as a mirror lay the sea, and on the surface of the water glided one brig-of-war, which, taking advantage of a fresh land breeze, had all sails spread, and was bowling along rapidly, making for Italian seas. The beggar followed it eagerly with his eyes until it disappeared between the Cape of Gien and the first of the islands of Hyeres, then as the white apparition vanished he sighed deeply, let his head fall into his hands, and remained motionless and absorbed in his reflections until the tramplings of a cavalcade made him start; he looked up, shook back his long black hair, as if he wished to get rid of the gloomy thoughts which were overwhelming him, and, looking at the entrance to the gorge from whence the noise came, he soon saw two riders appear, who were no doubt well known to him, for, drawing himself up to his full height, he let fall the stick he was carrying, and folding his arms he turned towards them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9786057876829
Publisher: E-Kitap Projesi & Cheapest Books
Publication date: 03/07/2019
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Alexandre Dumas, père, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (July 24, 1802 - December 5, 1870) was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, and The Man in the Iron Mask were serialized, and he also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent.
Other Books of Dumas:
• The Count of Monte Cristo (1845)
• The Three Musketeers (1844)
• The Man in the Iron Mask (1850)
• Twenty Years After (1845)
• The Borgias (1840)
• Ten Years Later (1848)
• The Vicomte of Bragelonne (1847)
• The Black Tulip (1850)
• Louise de la Valliere (1849)
• Ali Pacha (1840)

Table of Contents

About Author:

Chapter 1 Toulon

Chapter 2 Corsica

Chapter 3 Pizzo

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