A Select Bibliography

Occasionally,  I am asked what I’ve read about one or other subject having to do with my work.  Or I’m asked to recommend a book dealing with some aspect or other of the early nineteenth century–the war, politics, society, sex…

Of course, I have favourites.  Books which have taught me more than just what’s suggested in the title.  Perhaps the writing is particularly graceful or eloquent.  Perhaps the author has broken new ground in our understanding of an aspect of the Napoleonic wars or British politics.

Then again, frequently, I’m asked how much do I research?  The answer is, it’s ongoing and I never stop.

So, I thought I’d make it easier for everyone…and just put up a bibliography for May 1812, Of Honest Fame, and now the new book, Or Fear of Peace.  It’s not complete.  It doesn’t include the magazines and newspapers of the period, nor the academic conferences, nor the site visits or any of that.  But it does feature one or two useful books on the period.

But it will probably give you more than enough ammunition to say, “Good lord, Bennetts, you’ve got to get out more!”


Adams, Samuel & Sarah, The Complete Servent, Regency life below stairs, (London, 1825).
Adkins, Roy & Lesley, The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo, (London, 2006).
Adburgham, Alison, Shopping in Style, London from the Restoration to Edwardian elegance, (New York, 1979).
Alsop, Susan Mary, The Congress Dances: Vienna 1814-1815, (London, 1984).
Andress, David, The Savage Storm: Britain on the Brink in the Age of Napoleon, (London, 2012).
Ashelford, Jane, The Art of Dress: Clothes and Society 1500-1914, (London, 1996 and 2000).

Baily, F.E, The Love Story of Lady Palmerston, (London, 1938).
Baird, Rosemary, Mistress of the House, Great Ladies and Grand Houses 1670-1830, (London, 2003).
Baker, Kenneth, George IV: A Live in Caricature, (London, 2005).
Bartlett, C.J., Castlereagh, (New York, 1966).
Bell, David A., The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Modern Warfare, (London, 2007).
Bergeron, Louis, trans. Palmer, R.R., France Under Napoleon, (Paris, 1972 and Princeton, 1981).
Bew, John, Castlereagh: Enlightenment, War and Tyranny, (London, 2011).
Brandon, David, Life in a 17th Century Coffee Shop, (Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2007).
Brett-James, Antony, Europe Against Napoleon:  The Leipzig Campaign, 1813, from Eyewitness Accounts, (London and Basingstoke, 1970).
Broers, Michael, Napoleon’s Other War:  Bandits, Rebels and their Pursuers in the Age of Revolutions, (Oxford, 2010).
Broers, Michael, The Napoleonic Empire in Italy, 1796-1814, (Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2005).
Bruce, Evangeline, Napoleon and Josephine, An Improbable Marriage, (London, 1995).
Bryant, Sir Arthur, The Fire and the Rose, (New York, 1966).

Canon, John, Aristocratic Century, The Peerage of eighteenth-century England, (Cambridge, 1984).
Charmley, John, The Princess and the Politicians: Sex, Intrigue & Diplomacy, 1812-40, (London, 2005).
Clark, Peter, British Clubs and Societies, 1580-1800, (Oxford, 2000).
Cobban, Alfred, A History of Modern France, vols 1 and 2, (Harmondsworth, 1957 and 1961).
Colby, Reginald, Mayfair, A Town Within London, (New York, 1966).
Cook, Olive, The English Country House, (London, 1974 and 1980).

Dallas, Gregor, 1815: The Roads to Waterloo, (London, 1996).
Derry, John W., Castlereagh, (London, 1976).
Durova, Nadezhda, [Mary Fleming Zirin, trans.] The Cavalry Maiden:  Journals of a Female Russian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars, (London, 1990).
Dwyer, Philip G., ed. Napoleon and Europe, (Harlow, 2001).

Esdaile, Charles, The Peninsular War, A New History, (London, 2002).
Esdaile, Charles, Napoleon’s Wars: An International History, 1803-1815, (London, 2007).
Esdaile, Charles, Peninsular Eyewitnesses: The Experience of War in Spain and Portugal, 1808-1813, (London, 2008).

Fletcher, Ian, Wellington’s Regiments, the Men and their Battles 1808-1815, (Staplehurst, 1994).
Foulkes, Nick, Dancing into Battle: a Social History of the Battle of Waterloo, (London, 2006).
Franzero, Carlo Maria, Beau Brummell, His Life and Times, (New York, 1958).
Fregosi, Paul, Dreams of Empire: Napoleon and the First World War 1792-1815, (New York, 1989).

George, M. Dorothy, London Life in the Eighteenth Century, (London, 1925).
Glover, Michael, The Napoleonic Wars: An Illustrated History, (New York, 1978).
Gneisenau, General Count, [J.E. Marston, trans.] The Life and Campaigns of Field-Marshal Prince Blucher of Wahlstatt, (London, 1815).
Grimaud, Renée, Paris et ses alentours au temps de Napoléon, (Paris, 2006).
Griffith, Paddy, ed., Wellington Commander: The Iron Duke’s Generalship, (Chichester, 1982).
Gronow, R.H., Regency Recollections, (London, 1830? and 2006).
Grose, Captain Francis, The Vulgar Tongue:  Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence, (Chichester, 1785 and 2004).

Hamilton, Jill, Marengo: The Myth of Napoleon’s Horse, (London, 2000).
Harris, Robin, Talleyrand, Betrayer and Saviour of France, (London, 2007).
Harvey, Robert, The War of Wars: the Epic Struggle Between Britain and France 1793-1815, (London, 2006).
Hassall, Arthur, Viscount Castlereagh, (London, 1908).
Hathaway, Eileen, ed., A Dorset Rifleman, the Recollections of Benjamin Harris, (Swanage, 1995).
Haythornthwaite, Philip J., and Smith, Charles Hamilton, Wellington’s Army: Uniforms of the British Soldier 1812-1815, (London, 2002).
Herold, J. Christopher, The Age of Napoleon, (New York, 1963).
Hill, Peter P., Napoleon’s Troublesome Americans: Franco-American Relations, 1804-1815, (Dulles, Virginia, 2006).
Holmes, Richard, Redcoat, The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket, (London, 2001).
Horne, Alastair, How Far From Austerlitz?, (London, 1996).
Horne, Alastair, The Age of Napoleon, (London, 2004).
Hughes-Hallett, Penelope, ed., Jane Austen, My Dear Cassandra, (London, 1990).

Johnson, Paul, Napoleon, (London, 2002).

Kelly, Ian, Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Careme, (London, 2003).
Kelly, Ian, Beau Brummell, The Ultimate Dandy, (London, 2005).
Kennedy, Emmet, A Cultural History of the French Revolution, (London and New Haven, 1989).
King, David, Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna, (New York, 2008).
King, Dean, with Hattendorf, John B., Harbors and High Seas, (New York, 1999).
Kissinger, Henry, A World Restored:  Metternich, Castlereagh, and the Problems of Peace 1812-1822, (London, 1957 and 2000).
Knapton, Ernest John, Empress Josephine, (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963).

Labaume, Eugène, 1812: Through Fire and Ice with Napoleon, (Paris, 1814 and Solihull, 2002).
Lambert, Andrew, The Challenge:  Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812, (London, 2012).
Lawday, David, Napoleon’s Master:  A Life of Prince Talleyrand, (London, 2006).
Leggiere, Michael V., Napoleon & Berlin: the Napoleonic Wars in Prussia, (Stroud, Glos. 2002).
Leggiere, Michael V., The Fall of Napoleon: the Allied Invasion of France, 1813-1814, (Cambridge, UK, 2009).
Lejeune, Anthony and Lewis, Malcolm, The Gentlemen’s Clubs of London, (New York, 1979).
Lieven, Dominic, Russia Against Napoleon: the Battle for Europe 1807-1814, (London, 2009).
Lieven, Dominic, Empire:  The Russian Empire and Its Rivals, (London, 2003).
Lentz, Thierry, Savary: le séide de Napoléon, (Paris, 2001).
Leveson Gower, F., ed., Letters of Harriet, Countess Granville, 1810-45, vol. I, (London, 1894).
Liverpool, Lord, Memoirs of the Public Life and Administration of the Rt. Honourable Earl of  Liverpool, (London, 1827).
Londonderry, Charles William Vane, Narrative of the War in Germany & France in 1813 & 1814, (London, 1830).
Longford, Elizabeth, Wellington, the Years of the Sword, (London, 1969).
Low, Donald A., The Regency Underworld, (Stroud, Glos., 1999).

Maffeo, Steven E., Most Secret and Confidential, Intelligence in the Age of Nelson, (London, 2000).
Mansel, Philip, The Court of France 1789-1830, (Cambridge, 1988).
Margetson, Stella, Leisure and Pleasure in the 19th Century, (New York, 1969).
Marriott, Sir J.A.R., Castlereagh, the Political Life, (London, 1936).
Martin, Joanna, Wives and Daughters: Women and Children in the Georgian Country House, (London, 2004).
Maude, F.N., The Leipzig Campaign: 1813 ~ Napoleon and the ‘Battle of the Nations’, (Milton Keynes, 2007).
McGrigor, Mary, Wellington’s Spies, (Barnsley, South Yorkshire, 2005).
McNab, Chris, ed., Armies of the Napoleonic Wars: An Illustrated History, (London, 2011).
Miller, Judith and Martin, Period Details, (London, 1987).
Mingay, Gordon, Mrs. Hurst Dancing & Other Scenes from Regency Life 1812-1823, Watercolours by Diana Sperling, (London, 1981).
Moorehead, Caroline, Dancing to the Precipice: Lucie de la Tour du Pin and the French Revolution, (London, 2009).
Mühlbach, Louise, The Empress Josephine, (New York, 1867).
Muir, Rory, Tactics and the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon, (New Haven and London, 2000).
Murray, Venetia, High Society in the Regency Period 1788-1830, (London, 1998).

Nicolson, Harold, The Congress of Vienna, (New York, 1946).

Paget, Julian, Wellington’s Peninsular War, Battles and Battlefields, (London, 1997).
Palmer, Alan, A Brief History of Napoleon in Russia, (London, 1967 and 2003).
Palmer, Alan, Metternich, (London, 1972).
Parkinson, Roger, The Hussar General: The Life of Blucher, Man of Waterloo, (Ware, 1975).
Percival, MacIver, The Chintz Book, (London, 1923).
Phillips, Daphne, The Great Road to Bath, (Newbury, 1983).
Plumb, J.H., Georgian Delights, (Boston, 1980).
Plumb, J.H., The First Four Georges, (London, 1956).
Pocock, Tom, Horatio Nelson, (Oxford, 1987).
Pocock, Tom, The Terror Before Trafalgar, Nelson, Napoleon and the Secret War, (London, 2002).
Pocock, Tom, Stopping Napoleon, War and Intrigue in the Mediterranean, (London, 2004).
Priestley, John Boynton, The Prince of Pleasure and his Regency, 1811-1820, (New York, 1969).

Reede, Felton, The Private Life of Lord Castlereagh and the Transcript of the Coronor’s Report of the Investigation into the Death of Castlereagh, (London, 1822).
Roberts, Andrew, Wellington and Napoleon, (London, 2001).
Roberts, Andrew, Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Gamble, (London, 2005).
Robertson, Ian C., Wellington Invades France: The Final Phase of the Peninsular War 1813-1814, (London, 2003).
Robinson, Stuart, A History of Printed Textiles, (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969).
Rogers, Colonel H.C.B., Napoleon’s Army, (New York, 1974).

Shelman, Yehezkel, [Fred Skolnik, trans.] Napoleon 1813, (London, 2000).
Smith, Digby, The Napoleonic Wars Data Book, Actions and Losses in Personnel, Colours, Standards and Artillery, 1792-1815, (London, 1998).
Smith, Digby, The Decline and Fall of Napoleon’s Empire: How the Emperor Self-Destructed, (London, 2005).
Sparrow, Elizabeth, Secret Service: British Agents in France 1792-1815, (Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1999).
Stott, Andrew McConnell, The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi, (Edinburgh, 2009).
Stow, Charles Messer, The Furniture Designs of Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton, (New York, 1938).
Summerson, John, Georgian London, (London, 1945).

Tindall, Gillian, Footprints in Paris, (London, 2009).
Toussaint, Yvon, L’autre Corse: L’homme qui haïssait Napoléon, (Paris, 2004).

Uffindell, Andrew, Napoleon 1814, (London, 2009).
Urban, Mark, The Man Who Broke Napoleon’s Codes, The Story of George Scovell, (London, 2001).
Urban, Mark, Rifles, Six Years with Wellington’s Legendary Sharpshooters, (London, 2003).

Van Thal, Herbert, ed., The Prime Ministers, vol. I, Sir Robert Walpole to Sir Robert Peel, (London, 1974).
Vickery, Amanda, Behind Closed Doors: At Home with the Georgians, (London, 2009).
Vickery, Amanda, The Gentleman’s Daughter: Women’s Lives in Georgian England, (New Haven and London, 1998).

Watkin, David, The Royal Interiors of Regency England, (New York, 1984).
Webb, R.K., Modern England, From the 18th Century to the Present, (New York, 1968).
Weller, Jac, Wellington in the Peninsula, (London, 1962 and 1992).
Whatman, Susannah, The Housekeeping Book of Susannah Whatman, (London, 1776 and 2000).
White, Jerry, London in the Nineteenth Century, (London, 2007).
White, R.J., Life in Regency England, (New York, 1963).
Willcox, William B., The Age of Aristocracy 1688 to 1830, (Lexington, Massachusetts 1976).
Wilson, Philip Whitwell, ed., The Greville Diary, (London, 1927).
Woloch, Isser, Napoleon and His Collaborators, (New York, 2001).

Zamoyski, Adam, 1812: Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow, (London, 2004).
Zamoyski, Adam, Rites of Peace: the Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna, (London, 2007).


3 comments on “A Select Bibliography

  1. authorsanon says:

    heehee. I say, I ‘d like to add your biblio to authorsanon,- what did you think of Urban’s The Man who Broke Napoleonìs Code ? I found it intensely informative, densely packed. . .and Miss D.Sperling’s watercolours are definitely on my shopping list . . .

    • M M Bennetts says:

      Both Urban books were excellent. His Rifles uncovered so much evidence which contradicted our traditional view of the army in the Peninsula.

      As for the Sperling watercolours. Not only do they show a wonderful wry sense of humour, but they’re tremendous for all the detail of early 19th century life–the interiors, the daily activities, family relationships–the quotidien which for the most part is lost to us.

  2. Thank you 🙂 What a lot of goodies. Lots of recent stuff, too.

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