The ‘merchant king’ suspected of intrigue with Napoleon

Saul Solomon founded a business empire that has dominated commercial life on St Helena for more than two centuries. He was also suspected of smuggling a silk ladder to Napoleon, to help him escape from exile. Now documents relating to the sale of his properties have been found in Jamestown. The long-lost title deeds of […]

Not for sale: the shirt worn by ailing Bonaparte on St Helena

A French court has stopped the auction of the shirt that was worn by Napoleon just before he fell into his final coma on St Helena, reports The Guardian. The sweat-stained garment was one of a number of souvenirs taken back to France by Achille Thomas Archambault, a former horse-breaker who became a member of the […]

Bienvenue sur Facebook pour lÎle de Sainte Hélène

Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, the conservateur of the Napoleonic properties on St Helena, has launched a French-language Facebook page for the island. With French visitors predicted to make up a strong component of visitors to St Helena once its airport opens, it seems likely the page will attract a strong following and help to raise the island’s profile. […]

Boney’s death mask fetches £170,000 – despite doubts

A “death mask” made from a cast of Napoleon’s face at Longwood has been sold at auction for three times its expected price – despite doubts raised by a writer on St Helena history. Bonhams of London sold it for £169,250 on Wednesday (19 June 2013). Its estimated sale price was only £40-£60,000. Before the […]

Writer says Michel deserves top honour for Napoleon role

Film star Clint Eastwood has one, and so has the singer Bob Dylan; and now a writer on Napoleon says Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, custodian of the emperor’s homes on St Helena, deserves to receive France’s highest honour.   Andrew Roberts makes the tongue-in-cheek nomination in an article for Britain’s Spectator magazine, after visiting the island to […]

Slavery expert is to rescue island’s ancient archives

Unique St Helena records dating back more than 300 years are to be rescued from possible “catastrophic loss”. Many of the ancient documents in the archives at The Castle in Jamestown are already in very poor condition because of a lack of temperature controls, according to St Helena Government. Some have been attacked by insects […]

Napoleon’s Longwood letter has experts debating

A letter written by Napoleon at Longwood – in English – has set commentators off on a debate about whether he was any good at his captors’ language. The letter is tipped to fetch in the region of £65,000 at an auction in the French town of Fontainebleau on Sunday. America’s CNN quotes auction house […]

St Helena goes on show – in Australia

A “beautiful watercolour of Napoleon’s grave in St Helena” features in a new exhibition that tells of the emperor’s fascination with Australia, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The National Gallery of Victoria’s “winter blockbuster exhibition” covers the Frencyh Revolution, the Reign of Terror, and the exile to St Helena. Articles on display also tell how […]

Slavery role should boost World Heritage case, says expert

A cave system in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar has been put forward for World Heritage Site status, along with the UK’s famous Forth Bridge. But a member of the original selection panel says St Helena’s own case for the accolade should be looked at again. Dr Mike Pienkowski says new information about its role in […]