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Alexandre Dumas

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Amidst the political winds from Napoleon’s downfall, this tale turns our attention to the flight of a former French marshal and King of Naples, Joachim Murat. Murat, unhappy with the deal he made to obtain pardon from the Austrian Emperor, takes a life-ending resolution to retake his crown rather than live in peaceful obscurity.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ismounted, threw his bridle to his companion, and uncovering, though fifty paces from the man in rags, advanced respectfully towards him. The beggar allowed him to approach with an air of sombre dignity and without a single movement; then, when he was quite near—

“Well, marshal, have, you news for me?” said the beggar.

“Yes, sire,” said the other sadly.

“And what are they?”

“Such that I could wish it were anyone but myself to announce them to your Majesty——”

“So the Emperor refuses my services! He forgets the victories of Aboukir, Eylau, and Moscow?”

“No, sire; but he remembers the treaty of Naples, the taking of Reggio, and the declaration of war of the viceroy of Italy.”

The beggar struck his forehead.

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Community Reviews

Racconto avventuroso degli ultimi mesi di vita del generale francese, poi re di Napoli, Gioacchino Murat, dalla fuga in Corsica al velleitario tentativo di restaurazione del suo Regno, conclusosi tragicamente.
Il Castello di Pizzo Calabro è teatro del triste ed appassionante epilogo, nel quale Dum...more

Account of the last days of the "Dandy King" famous for his flamboyant dressing taste as well as his courage, chivalry and charisma.
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Alexandre Dumas recounts the sad and controversial events that led to Joachim Murat's capture in Pizzo then execution for attempting to regain the throne.
Dumas ends the story with Murat who fearlessly meets his death.
Joachim Murat was a renowned cavalry leader, marshal of France and king of Nap...more

un relato histórico que se lee con mucha rapidez y facilidad. Es un cuento más bien, ya que esta todo resumido y el objetivo es contarnos la disolución de la orden y como todo cuento tiene una moraleja.

Good reading, a bit phantastical but it reflects a lot of how society was going on in the post Napoleonic era. It helps if you are fond of history as it shows how were the last days of Marshal Murat.

"Los caballeros templarios" de Alejandro Dumas
Más crónica histórica que novela, esta obrita hace repaso de la historia de los templarios (creación, ensalzamiento y popularidad, escarnio, persecución hasta la muerte y tortura y la pretendida desaparición de la orden de estos monjes guerreros). Es...more

Didn't really care for this one.

"Murat" de Alejandro Dumas es un pequeño cuento o narración que fue incluida en su obra "Crímenes célebres", narra las desventuras de Joaquín de Murat, gran mariscal del imperio napoleónico, antiguo Rey de Nápoles desde que fue expulsado por Napoleón de Francia hasta sus últimos días.
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