10 Napoleonic Reads

Books that relive the Napoleonic Wars

Napoleon Bonaparte was arguably one of the greatest military commanders in known history, and he got plenty of time to hone his skills during the many, many battles that, spread out over 16 years, laid waste to large swathes of Europe, revolutionised warfare and altered the Continental map. In the two centuries since his final defeat at Waterloo, authors have seized on this period, churning out novels, non fiction and even poetry celebrating the victories and mourning the losses. Here are a few of our favourites - please leave yours in the comments below!

Want more wartime reading? See our list of 10 Books with Epic Battles.

War and Peace cover

1. War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy
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2. Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray
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4. Napoleon the Great

Andrew Roberts
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5. Master and Commander

Patrick O'Brian
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6. Tides of War

Stella Tillyard
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8. Waterloo

Bernard Cornwell

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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