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Emmanuel Las Cases, comte de

Las Cases, Emmanuel, comte de (ĕmänüĕlˈ kôNt də läs käz) [key], 1766–1842, French historian. He accompanied Napoleon into exile to St. Helena, where the emperor dictated a part of his memoirs to him. His famous Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène (tr. 8 vol. in 4, 1823) is a primary source, although not always an accurate one, for Napoleon's last years and his judgment of himself. The Mémorial became something of a bible to Napoleon-worshipers.

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