International Napoleonic Society Scholarship


Dear Fellows of the International Napoleonic Society,

I am very pleased to send you the tenth issue of our international academic journal, Napoleonic Scholarship. We have a wide range of excellent articles. All articles were peer reviewed and meet the high standards set by the INS. To reflect that academic excellence, we have received an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) for our journal. For the print version it is 2563-8793 and for the online version it is 2563-8807. This should make it easier for international academic scholars to receive credit for their published papers.

In this email you will find a link that will take you to the PDF version of the journal. From there, you can either read it online or download it as a PDF file. Each listing in the table of contents is a link that will take you directly to that article. (Please note that this is not the case for the table of contents in this email).

As always, I thank our Editor-in-Chief, Wayne Hanley, and our Production Editor, Edna Markham, for their outstanding work in producing this outstanding journal.

This has been a difficult year on several fronts. Of course, the worldwide COVID pandemic has made in-person conferences difficult, even impossible. As the problem is continuing, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel our planned 2021 Congress in Athens, Greece. Instead, we will have a virtual Congress sometime this summer that will concentrate on Napoleon’s time on St Helena, his death, and the legacy and legend that followed him. We hope that many of you will choose to participate. There will be no charge for the Congress, and we may even have a virtual happy hour! You will receive further details in the near future. I am also very pleased to say that our 2022 Congress in Cork, Ireland, is moving ahead and we have every expectation that it will be an outstanding Congress!

As you know, the Weider family withdrew its financial support for the INS, offering no reason or explanation despite my repeated efforts to contact them. This has put the INS in a significantly difficult financial condition. Indeed, the long-term future of the INS is in at least some doubt. While we will charge for future in-person Congresses and excursions, the fact is that we need some significant donations if we are to function properly. There are administrative expenses that must be paid over and above expenses of the Congresses. Therefore, I am asking any of our Fellows with significant financial ability to please consider making a significant donation so that we can move forward as we would all like.

With my very best Napoleonic regards,

J. David Markham, President
Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques
Download the 2019-2020 INS Journal Here

Table of Contents
Napoleonic Scholarship 2019 – 2020

J. David Markham, ‘The Die is Now Cast:’ The Route Napoleon
Susan Jaques, ‘A Great Moral Lesson’: Art Restitution and the Musée Napoléon
Marian Hochel, Napoleonic Memorabilia (Napoleonics) in the House of Blücher: “Hero of the Day” the Field Marshal Blücher and Napoleon´s Carriage from Waterloo at Raduň Chateau
Nataliya Tanshina, Napoleon’s Sarcophagus Made of ‘Russian Porphyry’
Paul van Lunteren, Metternich’s Delicate Dance of 1813: Diplomacy Between Eagles
Gilles Bertrand, Daniello Berlinghieri and the Hundred Days: Italian Diplomat at the Congress of Vienna
Peter Hicks, The Austrian Diplomat Baron von Stürmer and his Brush with Napoleon and Napoleonists
Doina Pasca Harsanyi, The Voice of Duty: Collaboration and Ideology in Napoleonic Italy (Parma–Piacenza 1805-1810)
Tatiana A. Kosykh, The British View of the French Occupation of Spain and Portugal, 1807-1814
John H. Gill, Combat Performance at the End of Alliance: The Hessian–Darmstadt Contingent in 1813
Agnieszka Fulińska, The Flight of the Eagle—But What about the Eaglet?
Xavier Riaud, Healthcare Reforms under the Empire
Liudmila Sakharova, The Silent Witnesses of Napoleon’s Abdication
Wayne Hanley, Marshal Ney: From Abdication to the Eve of Waterloo—Buyer’s Remorse?
J. David Markham, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques

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Examiner article on International Congress in Cork 2022

It was wonderful to see an interview with VP Cormac Finn O’Brien in yesterdays Irish Examiner about the International Napoleonic Congress in Cork in July next year which is being hosted by the NSI.

Well done to Cormac for all the hard work he is doing on what promises to be a world class event. Please see the link below to the article.

Derek Byrne

Today we celebrate the 251st anniversary of the birth of Napoleon

As President of the Napoleon Society of Ireland, I will be celebrating the 251st anniversary of the birth of Napoleon with Board member Robert Lee Mulcahy and two other fellow Napoleon enthusiasts.

The evening will, no doubt include many stories about Napoleonic history and exchanges of information about the life and times of Napoleon.

Wishing all our members and friends the very best on this special day.


Derek Byrne, FINS,

President NSI

Napoleon Society of Ireland to host International Napoleonic Congress 2022 in Cork!

On the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and on behalf of the Napoleon Society of Ireland and the International Napoleonic Society, I am pleased to announce that Cork City has been selected as the Host for the International Napoleonic society conference in 2022.
This is a historic year for the NSI as we will be celebrating our tenth anniversary. The NSI is particularly  honoured to be chosen as this is the second time Ireland has hosted the INS Congress having hosted the 2016 event at the Stephen’s Green Club in Dublin.
Also on a point of Irish History 2022 will be the 100th year of the signing of the British/Irish treaty, a major milestone in Irish history as it will officially mark 100 years of Ireland being an independent entity from the UK.
Cork has a many connections to the Napoleonic story from the Bantry Bay invasion to the Burial of Dr Verhling.
We look forward to welcoming you to Cork City in 2022.
Below is the link of the video that won us the bid to host the 2022 International Napoleonic Congress in Cork City.
Cuirimid fáilte roimh go dti Chathair Chorcaí i 2022.

Cormac Finn O’Brien – Vice-President, Napoleon Society of Ireland.

Announcement of New Board

Dear Members and Friends,

We are pleased to announce the new Board of the Napoleon Society of Ireland.

In 2019 we welcomed Cormac Finn O’Brien as our Vice President and we now welcome Keith Brady as Secretary/Treasurer as well as long time members Robert Lee Mulcahy and Anne Farrelly.

With exciting times ahead leading up to the 10th anniversary of the Napoleon Society of Ireland in 2022, it is wonderful to have such an experienced and dedicated team.

With all good wishes for a happy Easter, we hope our members and friends are staying safe and well in these testing times.


Derek Byrne – President NSI

President of NSI – Derek Byrne – in Bid for Irish Senate

I would like to ask all our members and friends to support me in my bid for Seanad Eireann – the Irish Senate.

It has long been my ambition to sit alongside our Patron Senator David Norris in the upper house.

I am running on the Dublin University (Trinity College Dublin) panel and only TCD graduates can vote.

The deadline for the postal ballot is 11am on the 31st of March.

Please spread the word to any TCD graduates you know and ask them to give me their number 1 vote.

Thank you


250th anniversary of the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte celebrated on National Radio

Today marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte. The event will be celebrated with the appearance of NSI President Derek Byrne FINS on The Hard Shoulder with Ivan Yeats on Newstalk 106-108FM later today.

Tune in to hear Derek talk about the Napoleon Society of Ireland and his family’s connections to the Emperor and their role in the 1798 and  1803 rebellions.

Appointment of New Vice-President

The Napoleon Society of Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Cormac Finn O’Broin FINS as Vice-President of the Napoleon Society of Ireland.

Cormac is a keen Napoleon enthusiast and has spoken at the 2017 and 2018 International Napoleonic Congresses. He was awarded the Fellowship of the International Napoleonic Society in 2017 for his paper on Napoleon’s horse Marengo and his associations with Cork.

Cormac will be representing the Napoleon Society of Ireland in Grenoble this coming July.

On behalf of our Patron and all our members, I would like to thank Cormac for taking on the role of Vice-President of the Napoleon Society of Ireland and helping us to secure the future of the organisation for some time to come.

Details of our plans to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Napoleon in August will be announced soon.


Derek Byrne FINS – President.

Happy Christmas (Joyeux Neol) to all our members

Dear Members and fellow Napoleonic enthusiasts,

On behalf of everyone at the Napoleon Society of Ireland, I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

I will be in touch very soon with news of activities for 2019.

In the mean time, have a lovely holiday period.

Derek Byrne FINS – President NSI

Report on International Congress 2017 & 2018

The International Napoleonic society Congress

2017 Trier, Germany.

The fifteenth international Napoleonic Society congress was held between the 10th to the 14th of July 2017 in Trier, Germany where Ireland had one representative, Cormac Finn O Brien. Cormac gave a presentation entitled Marengo and North Cork depicting the origins of where this famous horse reputedly came from and the market where he was bought.

Cormac talked about the folk tales associated with Napoleon’s famous mount. This paper was overlooked by Dr. David Fleming of UL before it was presented in Trier. This paper also looked over the claims held by the two arguing places in North Cork Buttevant (Cahirmee Horse Fair) and Bartlemy.  The annual Gala Dinner was held during the congress where Cormac was awarded the Fellowship of the International Napoleonic Society by J. David Markham. A good conference was had by all.

Mini Conference held in Castiglion Fiorentino


This conference was held in Castillion Florentina in Italy. It was held in an old church building and attended by one Irish representative Cormac Finn O’Brien.  It was a discussion on a variety of topics. At the opening there was a showcase of the local reenactment group as the picture below depicts. This event was to open a museum in Castiglion Fiorentino, this  museum houses a collection of medallions of the Napoleonic Period.  During this Conference Cormac talked about Napoleonic propaganda during this period used by the British government about Ireland and also looked at the current propaganda. We must look and question ourselves whether or not the propaganda of History has stopped or has it still continued to this day.






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