My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After have read a total of 4694 pages of the 11 of 12 books of the Poldark series, there are still 554 pages to be read with the final volume of this magnificent family saga.
As in the final part of The Loving Cup, Ross Poldark and his family travel to Paris as an “observer” of the French armed forces. As soon as Napoleon returns to Paris, a panic occurs and most people try to flee from the imminent danger.
The destinies of Ross, Jeremy and Stephen will suffer a dramatic change during the Waterloo’s battle.
The final volume of this magnificent saga is Bella Poldark.
“The army is riddled with secret societies, he says. Many of them are Bonapartist and aim to overthrow Louis – not necessarily to restore Napoleon but to put his son on the throne. Others want Duc d’Orleans. Many of the higher officers are royalist, he says, but the rank and file cannot abide Louis and what they regard as his corrupt court.”
“These people who have come to take over now, sir, they are attempting to dig up a corpse buried for a quarter of a century!…When Bonapoarte became Emperor he did not try to put the clock back – rather he built on what was good, established his own code of justice, stabilized a rule of law and common fealty – that was why we fought for him so well and so long! But these royalists, with their endless train of rouged and powdered countesses and duchesses and little princelings – they are arrogant, insolent, self-seeking! Wherever they go they make themselves hated. They are no longer France! They died with Louis Sixteenth!”
The Palace first heard only that Bonaparte had left Elba; many people thought he would go to Africa or seek asylum in Egypt. Not until the 4th March did the semaphore telegraph confirm that he was in France and moving up from the coast making proclamations as he came.
Mme de Stael gave it as her opinion that if by any frightful mischance Napoleon ever came back to control France again it would be the end of all liberty.
“Well, we have reports of Bonaparte’s proclamations. He proclaims himself the liberator of this faithful subjects from a foreign-imposed Bourbon tyranny. He says his eagles are on the wing and will perch from spire to spire until they reach Notre-Dame.
Page 339 – letter of Ross to Demelza:
The carnage (Waterloo’s battle) on both sides was appealing, I have never seen such ferocity in attack or such utter relentless courage in defense. Just around the farmhouse of Hougoumont, which was where Jeremy was stationed, over two thousand men were killed. In total we are thought to have lost 20,000 men, the Prussians about 7,000, the French about 30,000.
4* Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)
4* Demelza (Poldark, #2)
3* Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)
4* Warleggan (Poldark, #4)
4* The Black Moon (Poldark, #5)
5* The Four Swans (Poldark, #6)
4*The Angry Tide (Poldark, #7)
3* The Stranger From The Sea (Poldark, #8)
3* The Miller’s Dance (Poldark, #9)
3* The Loving Cup (Poldark, #10)
4* The Twisted Sword (Poldark, #11)
TR Bella Poldark (Poldark, #12)
4* The Walking Stick