Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Catholic Herald

I can quite understand Digby Smith not wanting to read the book (though his own books are cited scores of times in the notes) if he despises Napoleon, but I'm sure John Hinton didn't either, whereas he was (presumably) paid to review it! Otherwise, Hinton couldn't have written what he said my book was about, when it simply wasn't. I go to great lengths to prove that N wasn't responsible for anything like 6 million deaths, not least because many more wars were declared on him than by him. As for the point about the Catholic Church, I suspect that relative to the Middle Eastern, Latin American and European populations of the day, the at least partly Church-inspired campaigns of the Crusades, Conquistadores, Thirty Years War & Wars of Religion were equally as devastating as the (misnamed) Napoleonic Wars. So in my view, perhaps unsurprisingly, Kevin Kiley is absolutely right.

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