St Helena Slideshow

While I focused on writing my novel (working title: The Eaglet’s Legacy), October has flown by. As a final post before November, here’s a reminder to take a look at the video of photos from my trip to St Helena.

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  • June 3, 2013 - 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading all your information on this website as well as the film from St. Helena.. it was beautiful. My Grandpa James Henry Euley was from the island.. It was absolutely lovely to watch. Thank You Very much. Abby Euley Young

  • mrodenberg
    June 5, 2013 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    Thank you! We really enjoyed our trip there. Maybe you’ll get chance to visit now that an airport is being built.

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  • Sir Kevin Parr , Baronet Kentdale
    December 31, 2017 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    Napoleon was at best magical theatrical and war monger. At worse he was a man of blood who like such as Alexander the so called Great , a man who cared little for your wishes he wanted your country and your pride. A horse leech for blood .He thirsted for power only.Brave as a lion no doubt a horse man of skill and sword fighter of death. He would not have you standing in his way. His men of the ranks loved him as he told them he would decorate them with spoils of war and he did just that. A thief he really was backed by his skills at war making he succeeded by fear and tactics of risk. Yet an able companion and light foot dancer when held prisoner of us the British .He ended up being loved by women all over England with is light dancing and humour that made all laugh. Facing him on the battlefield was hell but we did it alone at Waterloo even before the onslaught of Prussian held up fighting French troops in forests and arrived at the end of play. They did however chase the army in flight. His men unable to believe that the axe bearing guard of Napoleon had been slaughtered by the British guns. 1815 and a sick man slpped away leaving all behind in his haste to escape death reached PARIS who then sold him to the British. So ened the ruin of Europe the rape of Russia and another true bastard was jailed forever until death and still in chains with God no doubt for that mans sins. A great adversary indeed but one we always knew was only human and not as sharp as his enemy the Iron Duke of Wellington. His men took the field but not without pain. The end of a man of blood who ruled as noble from a base born birth.

  • mrodenberg
    January 30, 2018 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I apologize for not responding sooner to your comment. Somehow it was misdirected into a spam folder. You are not alone in your opinion of Napoleon. Many people, especially among the British, hold similar views. I, and many other people, see a different picture of his contributions. Often I hear British decrying his ambition to build an empire, which seems so ironic to me, considering the British (and American) land-grabs across the globe. Often the criticism is that he was a “dictator” as though the kingdoms around him were flourishing democracies. Similarly, he’s criticized for taking art and treasure from the conquered. That makes him no more than a man following the customs of his time. But had there been no Napoleon, there probably wouldn’t be a France today. The French revolution was a threat to every European monarchy (depots and dictators all). As the revolution collapsed into anarchy and bankruptcy, Napoleon saved the country and established laws and systems that exist to this day. I think we both agree on his military genius. I don’t deny his mistakes or their human costs. I only ask that you view them–and him–in the context of his era. (By the way, as an American, I don’t consider it a problem if he rose from “a base born birth,” except it’s not accurate. His family was minor nobility. His father had to establish that fact before Napoleon could attend French military school on the king’s scholarship program.) We could probably go on and on with this discussion or fill a dozen books with the details. Let’s agree to disagree.

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