Maréchal Michel Ney–#AtoZChallenge “M”

Welcome to “M” in the A to Z Challenge 2017. The 1st Duke of Wellington is my theme for this year’s Challenge.

–Marshal Ney stock photo

Maréchal Michel Ney, or Marshal Ney, was one of Napoleon’s “Marshals of the Empire” and Napoleon called him “the bravest of the brave.” He served under Napoleon in the French Revolution and in the Napoleonic Wars, including the Peninsular War. Eight battles he participated in against the allies in the Peninsular War, including the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo. I counted 25 other battles he fought in for France and for Napoleon. After Napoleon was exiled, Ney served under the monarchy of Louis XVIII. When Napoleon escaped Elba, Ney was commissioned to find him and bring him in. Well, Ney did find him and he joined Napoleon once again. Unfortunately, after the defeat at Waterloo (and some blame Ney for the defeat), Ney was arrested and then executed quickly by firing squad near the Luxembourg Gardens as an example to the other marshals of the empire, which was quite controversial for the French citizens due to Ney being such a great soldier for France. Most of the other marshals did not suffer the same fate. Ney was married and had four sons.

The Execution of Marshal Ney, Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1868, oil on canvas, 65.2 cm × 104.2 cm (25.7 in × 41.0 in), Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust, Sheffield, United Kingdom

In World War I, the British constructed a warship that served until 1957 that was first named HMS Marshal Ney to honor the brave French soldier.

From reading Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe books, Ney was a French favorite of mine. Even though I have not mentioned the Duke, I am sure he had great respect for Marshal Ney and considered him one of his most admirable opponents.

Previous A to Z Challenge 2017 posts:

Apsley House



Douro, Marquess of

Eton College

Fraser, Hugh

Guedalla, Philip

Harriet Arbuthnot


Joseph Bonaparte

  4 comments for “Maréchal Michel Ney–#AtoZChallenge “M”

  1. hilarymb
    April 15, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Hi Denise – Marshal Ney certainly had his reputation … I hadn’t realised his demise … and what a terrible and evocative painting of his execution … and it’s here in England, up in Sheffield … cheers Hilary

    • April 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM

      I think Marshal Ney is one of the most interesting characters I have learned about from studying the Duke. The painting is wonderful, Hilary. I would love to go to Sheffield and see the painting in person. Cheers and Happy Easter, Denise

  2. May 9, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    The British naming a ship after a French Soldier? Did I read that correctly?………Oh boy……..side tracked again!!

    • May 9, 2017 at 3:02 PM

      I know. I think they have a love/hate relationship with each other. Us, they make fun of to our faces!!

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