The Coast of Albion: French Visitors to England
Joanna Richardson describes some French visitors to England, from Louis XVIII and Madame de Stael to Verlaine and Mallarme.
In the summer of 1815, before he sailed to St Helena, Napoleon had asked the Prince Regent for asylum in England. It was an impossible request: the thought of an exiled Emperor living, perhaps, a mere twenty miles from France was hardly an idea that any Englishman would favour. But if Napoleon himself did not settle in Kent or Sussex, England saw more than one French sovereign in the nineteenth century.