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HIS 182: A Week at Waterloo in 1815: Research about "A Week at Waterloo in 1815"

This is a guide to supplement the reading of "A Week at Waterloo in 1815" by Magdalene de Lancey

Englische Garde-Reiterei (1815)

Englische Garde-Reiterei

Source=Richard Knötel
(public domain)

"After Waterloo, What" by Rennie McQuilkin

After Waterloo, What

he ordered were parapets of dirt
around the perimeter of his empire at Deadwood
to fend off the madding trade winds and the eyes
of the English, how many thousand English
to keep him in his desert enclave on St. Helena.

Inside the parapets he saw to the installation
of a formal garden sufficient to halt the advance
of an enemy more clever than his witless jailors.

When the hundred peach trees of the promenade
wilted, canaries in the aviary, and carp in the pool
keeled, and the pièce de résistance, a brazen
Napoleonic eagle, had the wings hung out to dry
and humpback of a cormorant,

he had to laugh that otherworldly laugh of his.
The worst was the fountain that sputtered like
an old man's seed. He disappeared for days.

And still—
throughout the summer of 1820 guards saw
the bloated Emperor (no one suspected arsenic)
wielding a watering can at 5:00 A.M.
in his tattered nightgown and dirty red headband.

Barely able to walk, he persisted
in irrigating his passion flowers and éternelles
and seven kinds of rose.

He called the first his Marie-Louises, the second
his Josephines, and the rest his "little ladies."
They would never remarry, carried on no affairs,
told no one of his "difficulty." They were all
the forces he had left

to fight the enemy--not the assassin who laced
his white Bordeaux with arsenic, but the sot
who knew the poison by heart and took it gladly.

McQuilkin, Rennie. "After Waterloo, What (Poem)." American Scholar 72, no. 3 (Summer2003 2003): 32. History Reference Center, EBSCOhost (accessed August 22, 2013).

Online Resources

There are a number of great online resources you can use to assist you with your citations.

From the Thrift Library:
Citing Sources LibGuide

Other helpful websites:

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide

Owl at Purdue

Chicago Manual of Style Examples of Bibliographic Citations in Music, Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University

Many databases will also create automatic citations for you - just look for the "Citation" link with your particular article and select the style you need. However, DOUBLE CHECK any citations you create with any citation generator because they can be (and often are) incorrect.

Foreward from A Week at Waterloo

Article - Link to database for "A Woman at Waterloo" by Andrew Roberts

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