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Laval Nugent

Postby charnock » November 11th, 2016, 9:21 pm

Does anyone have information on the career of this Irish-Austrian soldier, during the Napoleonic War? There is a fairly basic outline of his life on Wikipedia, but little information on his doings in the Adriatic and Italy in 1813-1814. I suspect this relative sideshow bears looking into, and Nugent seems to have been one of those individuals whose achievements have been overshadowed by those of the more well-known figures. I know he collaborated with Rear-Admiral Fremantle in ejecting the French from Dalmatia, but as far as I am aware, there has not been a study of this campaign in English, let alone a biography of Nugent.

Any suggestions? Even a monograph or article in a journal would be useful.
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Re: Laval Nugent

Postby DaveH » November 12th, 2016, 1:14 pm

This is Kudma's bibliographical note on the Nap Series http://www.napoleon-series.org/research ... N.html#N21

This is mostly about the French side, but there is some Austrian material in it https://www.amazon.co.uk/Defense-Napole ... 0275967972

There are biographical pieces in Der Militär-Maria-Theresien-Orden und seine Mitglieder by J. Hirtenfeld and in Wurzbach's biographical work http://www.literature.at/viewer.alo?obj ... fullscreen

There are some essays related to the campaign on p.54 of http://www.oesta.gv.at/DocView.axd?CobId=23150 and many works related to the whole Wars of Liberation are on Google books under Befreiungskriege 1813 plus there is a little booklet by von Jerabek, Rudolf: Die Kämpfe in Südkärnten. 1813 in the Militärhistorische Schriftenreihe series, No. 56
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Re: Laval Nugent

Postby charnock » November 12th, 2016, 7:12 pm

Thanks for these references. My German is pretty basic (and I don't even attempt to make sense of fraktur), so I was hoping for more material in English (a PhD thesis on Nugent for instance), but it was a pretty long shot. I expect the newly-published biography of Thomas Fremantle will have some material regarding the Adriatic and Nugent's role in the campaign.

I gather his career after the Napoleonic Wars also had some interesting features...perhaps some fluent German-speaker out there would like to take him on as the subject for a biography?
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Re: Laval Nugent

Postby DaveH » November 13th, 2016, 1:46 am

I'm afraid that it has been hard enough to get material published or even researched on the "big" subjects, so this is probably a job for yourself! Birmingham Uni does a DL PhD History program. The 'fraktur' or "Frankenstein" typeface isn't too bad - wait until you get the Kurrent handwriting!

Another useful source is Die große Chronik: Geschichte des Krieges des verbündeten Europa's by Johann Sporschil (1832).
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