We’re now coming up to the nitty gritty in the Set of Lies timeline.
It is two weeks since he was defeated at Waterloo and Napoleon Bonaparte has been weighing up his options – which appear limited.
The Prussians and the French royalists want him not only captured but executed. He has to leave France, that is obvious even to him.
He had been in Paris on June 25th but had been forced to leave and had retired to Malmaison (all of 7 miles from the centre of the city) to consider his future.
He was in close contact with the British who were leading him on. They were suggesting that he and his entourage would be given the opportunity to slip through the naval blockade from France and cross the Atlantic without hindrance to the United States – still only 39 years into their independence. They suggested they would give him passports and free passage and told him to travel to Rochefort.
He travelled from Malmaison with an immense amount of baggage including many cases of books, clothing, tableware, family portraits and memorabilia of his life and career.
He arrived at the coast with his small but loyal entourage on 8th July 1815 where Admiral Maitland was waiting on HMS Bellerophon.
None of this I question in A Set of Lies.
What I do question is what happened next….