The Girl who fought Napoleon by Linda Laferty is the story of Russian hero Nadezhda Durova. Nadezhda dressed as a man and fought valiantly as a member of the Russian Calvary during the Napoleonic Wars. The story opens with Nadezhda’s birth and the rejection by her mother, she was raised among the men in her father’s Calvary unit. It is also the story of the Romanovs, the Russian ruling family. Opening with an aging Catherine the Great and her efforts to keep her son off the throne in favor of her grandson, Alexander. The story moves back and forth between Nadezhda’s life and the events surrounding Alexander until the two meet as the country prepares for war with Napoleon and his invading army. Does she get found out? What happens if they discover she’s really a woman?
The Girl who fought Napoleon is an epic story about an extraordinary woman. The author’s descriptions of the Russian landscape, the political arena and the extravagant homes of the Romanovs in stunning details. I knew only the basics of this piece of history and Ms. Laferty has opened up the other side of the Napoleonic War. The invasion of Russia which he fails for many reasons. If you are interested in history, you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
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