Napoleon's Women Camp Followers

Napoleon's Women Camp Followers

Men-at-Arms 538
  • Author: Terry Crowdy
  • Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Short code: MAA 538
  • Publication Date: 18 Mar 2021
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The cantinières who accompanied Napoleon's armies to war have an iconic status in the history of the Grande Armée. Sutler-women and laundresses were officially sanctioned members of the regiment performing a vital support role. In a period when the supply and pay services were haphazard, their canteen wagons and tents were a vital source of sustenance and served as the social hubs of the regiment.
Although officially non-combatants, many of these women followed their regiments into battle, serving brandy to soldiers in the firing line, braving enemy fire.
This book is a timely piece of social history, as well as a colourful new guide for modellers and re-enactors. Through meticulous research of unprecedented depth and accuracy, Terry Crowdy dispels the inaccurate portrayals that Napoleon's Women Camp Followers have suffered over the years to offer a fascinating look at these forgotten heroines.

Biographical Note

Terry Crowdy has long been fascinated by many aspects of military history and takes great pleasure delving into forgotten historical sources and seeking information that has eluded others. The author of a number of articles and books, Terry lives in Kent, UK.Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986, after studying under her father Richard Hook. Her work has featured extensively in the worlds of publishing and television and, having illustrated over 30 Osprey titles, she has established herself as one of their most popular artists. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide. Christa lives and works in East Sussex, England.


Introduction - the 18th-century development of official camp followers * Organization and roles: Revolutionary Wars - Consular period - Imperial period * Costumes - explaining and illustrating actual period fashion and practice * Roll of honour - the stories of celebrated women: Marie Tête-du-bois of the Guard Grenadiers, Catherine Balland of the 95th Line, Mme Cazajus of the 57th Line, Marie Duranne of the 51st Demibrigade, Marie de Namur, Catherine Rohmer, and Lucille Girault. * Select bibliography * Plate commentaries