During a recent visit to Toronto, I was surprised and honoured to be made a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society by the Society’s president, noted Napoleonic educator and historian J. David Markham. The INS is a non-profit educational body that promotes the study of the Napoleonic era. It holds regular International Napoleonic Congresses at which scholars from around the world gather to share their research. The INS journal and website also serve as venues for the presentation of scholarly research. The INS has underwritten a chair devoted to Napoleonic studies at the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution at Florida State University. In addition, the INS encourages the publication of research and the translation of important documents through its Literary Award and the Legion of Merit. I am very grateful to have become a Fellow of the INS and look forward to participating in the Society’s endeavours.
We must confess that fate, which sports with man, makes merry work with the affairs of this world.