Archive/Index

A list of links to all the Murat-related memoir excerpts & correspondence I’ve posted here so far. I’ll be updating this with each new post from now on.

Memoir Excerpts

Souvenirs d’enfance d’une fille de Joachim Murat, by Princess Louise Murat, 1929
-(pages 15-17)- Murat’s love of spending time with his children
-(pages 18-21)- Descriptions of Joachim & Caroline Murat
-(pages 28-31)- Conspiracies against the Murats in Naples
-(pages 64-66)- Murat’s expenditures in Naples
-(pages 70-73)- Murat’s hairstyle
-(pages 91-94)- Murat’s indulgence/games with his children
-(pages 100-105)- Louise’s analysis of what led to Napoleon’s first abdication
-(pages 117-120)- Murat’s Sicilian expedition and the humiliation it caused him
-(pages 120-126)- Political factionalism at the Neapolitan court, and Murat’s political blunders in 1811
-(pages 126-129)- Napoleon insults Murat in the aftermath of the 1812 campaign
-(pages 129-132)- The final parting of Murat and Napoleon
-(pages 137-141)- Louise compares the differences in resolve between her parents in 1814
-(pages 192-196)- Princess Caroline of Wales visits Naples
-(pages 196-206)- Reconciliation between Murat/Napoleon; Murat’s conduct contrasted w/ Bernadotte’s
-(pages 206-213)- Murat & the cause of Italian unification
-(pages 213-219)- Louise refutes Las Cases’ published remarks on her father attributed to Napoleon
-pages 225-237)- Final letters from Murat to Napoleon, w/ Louise’s commentary in between

Memoirs of General Pépé, 1846 – Excerpts on Murat’s character and reign in Naples
-(Vol I; multiple excerpts)- Part 1
-(Vol I; multiple excerpts)- Part 2
-(Vol 2, pages 1-6)- Attempt to get Murat to grant Naples a constitution; Bentinck’s dislike of Murat
-(Vol 2, pages 15-20)- Pépé meets with Murat after being told he’s going to be court-martialed
-(Vol 2, pages 21-25)- Pépé’s relationships with Murat and Caroline

Manuscript about Murat by his friend/finance minister Jean-Michel Agar, Count of Mosbourg, in Murat, Lieutenant de l’Empereur en Espagne, 1808, published in 1897.
Introduction/Caroline’s letter to Agar expressing approval of his project
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

With Napoleon in Russia: The Memoirs of General de Caulaincourt, Duke of Vicenza, 1935 English translation
-(pages 39-40)- Napoleon’s meeting w/ Murat prior to 1812 campaign; refusal to let him go to Dresden
-(pages 111, 123-4, 136-7, 144-5)- Murat and the Cossacks

Recollections of the Private Life of Napoleon, by Constant, Premier Valet de Chambre
-(1907 edition, Vol I, page 286)- Murat critiques Napoleon’s taste in clothing
-(1900 edition, Vol III, pages 207-8)- Detailed description of Murat

Memoirs of Constant: First Valet de Chambre of the Emperor, on the Private Life of Napoleon and His Family and His Court, 1907 edition
-(Vol IV, page 212)- Napoleon’s reaction to Murat’s betrayal

The Memoirs of Queen Hortense
-2016 ebook version; Vol II)- A balanced description of Murat

Memoirs of the Countess Potocka, 1900 English translation
-(pages 63-66)- Unflattering description of Murat
-(pages 81-87)- Murat’s clumsy, failed attempt to seduce the Countess

Memoirs of the Comtesse de Boigne, 1908
-(Vol II, pages 44-46)- Princess Caroline of Wales visits Naples, falls in love with Murat

The Memoirs of Baron Thiébault, 1896 edition
-(Vol I, page 255)- On Murat’s meteoric rise up the ranks

Souvenirs militaires d’un officier du premier empire (1795-1832), by Jean Nicolas Auguste Noel
-(1895, page 176)- Humorous anecdote of Murat during the retreat from Russia in 1812

Journal of the Private Life and Conversations of the Emperor Napoleon at Saint Helena by Count de Las Cases, 1824 edition
-(Vol I, Part II, pages 223-6)- Remarks on Murat attributed to Napoleon

Life and Adventures of Count Beugnot
-(Vol I, page 278)- Beugnot is surprised to find Murat possesses literary knowledge

Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne, 1812-1813, 1899 English translation
-(Ch. 1, page 14)- Murat superintending amputations in the aftermath of Borodino

Un Régiment de Cavalerie Légère de 1793 à 1815, Lieutenant Aubier (20th Chasseurs), 1891 2nd edition
-(pages 155-158)- Murat loses a boot at Heilsberg before he & Lasalle save each other’s lives

Souvenirs d’une Actrice, by Mme Louise Fusil
-(Vol II)- Description of Murat from the 1812 campaign

Journal d’un Sous-Lieutenant de cuirassiers, in Soldats suisses au service étranger.
-(1908, page 141)- Murat at the Battle of Leipzig

Sur la catastrophe de l’ex-roi de Naples, Joachim Murat: Extrait des Memoires du General Colletta.
-(1823 French translation, pages 37-8)- Murat resolves to leave Corsica to try to and take back his kingdom.

Letters

16 May 1801 – Murat to his mother – Upon being reunited w/ Caroline, and seeing Achille for the first time

(Undated) – Josephine to Caroline Murat – Josephine admonishes Caroline for her treatment of Murat.

17 Jul 1805 – Murat to Eugène de Beauharnais – Murat makes excuses for being late congratulating Eugène

28 Jul 1805 – Eugène de Beauharnais to Murat – Eugène doesn’t really buy Murat’s excuses

(Undated) 1807 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

26 Mar 1807 – Caroline Murat to Joachim – Caroline (wrongly) thinks Joachim forgot their mutual birthday

3 April 1807 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

20 May 1807 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

14 Aug 1808 – Jérôme Bonaparte to Murat – Jérôme is mildly annoyed Murat didn’t tell him he was a king now

25 Nov 1808 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat is bewildered as to why Napoleon has changed so much towards him

28 Jan 1809 – Pauline Bonaparte to Murat

21 Oct 1809 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

26 Jan 1810 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

24 Feb 1810 – Caroline Murat to Joachim – Caroline takes an elbow to the face from Mme Duchatel

24 Mar 1810 – Caroline Murat to Joachim – On her journey back to France w/ Marie-Louise

24 Mar 1810 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

24 Mar 1810 – Murat to Napoleon – Anguished letter about Napoleon potentially destroying Murat’s royal guard

15 Apr 1810 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

11 Jun 1810 – Murat to Napoleon – Long, angst-filled letter written during Murat’s Sicilian campaign

2 Jul 1810 – Caroline Murat to Joachim – About the fire at Prince of Schwarzenberg’s ball

11 Jul 1810 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

20 Jul 1810 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

5 Aug 1810 – Caroline Murat to Joachim – Four separate letters written on the same day.

(Undated) Aug 1810 – Murat to his wife Caroline

12 Sep 1810 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

(Undated) Sep 1810 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

5 May 1811 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

29 Feb 1812 – Murat to Letizia Bonaparte – Murat gives news of his children & requests Caroline’s return

1 May 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

7 May 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

15 May 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

24 May 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

13 Jun 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

4 Jul 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

18 Jul 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

1 Aug 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

11 Aug 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

19 Aug 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

3 Sep 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

7 Sep 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia – Written in the immediate aftermath of Borodino

11 Nov 1812 – Murat to Caroline, his daughter Letitia, and his son Achille – 3 letters intercepted by the Russians

3 Dec 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

9 Dec 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

23 Dec 1812 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

18 Apr 1813 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

21 Apr 1813 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

11 May 1813 – Murat to Marie-Louise – Murat pleas with the Empress to intercede w/ Napoleon on his behalf

4 Jul 1813 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat insists on commanding his own troops if they are sent to aid Napoleon

14 Aug 1813 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

29 Aug 1813 – Murat to this daughter Letitia

3 Sep 1813 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

19 Sep 1813 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

28 Sep 1813 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

15 Nov 1813 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat warns Napoleon about the uncertain state of things in Italy

23 Nov 1813 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat warns Napoleon Italy is on the brink of a revolution, urges unification

3 Dec 1813 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat announces to Napoleon the arrival of Fouché in Naples

16 Dec 1813 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat urges Napoleon to make peace, but hints that a break may be near

25 Dec 1813 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat makes an even more desperate plea for Napoleon to make peace

1 Jan 1814 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

3 Jan 1814 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat informs Napoleon of the offers made to him by the Allies

15 Jan 1814 – Murat to Napoleon – Murat announces his treaty with Austria

28 Jan 1814 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

4 Feb 1814 – Eugène de Beauharnais to Murat – A sympathetic letter urging Murat not to turn against France

6 Feb 1814 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

15 Feb 1814 – Murat to Pauline Bonaparte – Written in the aftermath of Murat’s treaty with Austria.

26 Feb 1814 – Napoleon to Joseph Bonaparte – Napoleon orders his brother to write to Murat

28 Feb 1814 – Joseph Bonaparte to Murat – Joseph writes Murat to convince him to return to the French cause

8 Mar 1814 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

(Undated) Mar 1814 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

21 Apr 1814 – Murat to his daughter Letitia

27 Mar 1815 – Murat to Emperor Francis of Austria – Expresses his horror over Napoleon being labeled an outlaw

25 May 1815 – Murat to Napoleon – Tells Napoleon of his flight from Naples; begs asylum for his family

25 May 1815 – Murat to Joseph Fouché – Murat asks Fouché to beg the Emperor to give his family asylum

7 Jun 1815 – Murat to Napoleon – Sends Napoleon news he’s received on Naples

8 Jun 1815 – Murat to Napoleon – Begs Napoleon for a response, worried about status of his family

19 Jun 1815 – Murat to Napoleon – Tells Napoleon he has learned that his family are Austria’s prisoners

20 Aug 1820 – Caroline Murat to Joseph Fouché – Caroline writes to thank Fouché for trying to aid Murat in 1815