Marengo: The Myth of Napoleon’s Horse

Jill Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon

The moving story of Marengo, ‘Bonaparte’s personal charger’ and ‘favourite horse’, whose career spanned the whole of the Napoleonic Wars.

‘Jill Hamilton has done some wonderful detective work, and written a gem of a book suggesting a side to Bonaparte not previously explored. Hamilton tracks the Napoleonic horses through all the campaigns, and lays bare the myths, yet in a way that leaves the reader enthralled still by the thought of Bonaparte’s criss-crossing Europe on the back of a horse no bigger than a pony.’ The Times

‘Jill Hamilton casts light on a fascinating and neglected aspect of Napoleon’s career: his horses.’ Daily Telegraph

‘The Emperor’s beloved steed, Marengo, caused a sensation during a London exhibition in 1823. Now he is again a source of fascination.’ Daily Express

‘A fascinating subject.’ Scotsman

‘Formidable and imaginative. Ideal for anyone with an interest in horses or Napoleon.’ Country Life

Reviews of Marengo: The Myth of Napoleon’s Horse