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Le Marquis de Montcalm
Thomas Chapais (1858–1946)
 
Montcalm, Le Marquis de (1712–1759), a biography by Thomas Chapais (1911). The author admits in the preface that the subject has been often treated before, particularly by Francis Parkman and the Abbé Casgrain. But he believes that his access to fresh historical evidence justifies him in an attempt at reinterpreting the achievements and personality of the great French chieftain. The result of an unprejudiced study of the documents has been, he maintains, to rank Montcalm even higher than previous historians have placed him and in particular to prove him superior to the Governor-General, Vaudreuil. After a chapter on Montcalm’s earlier career and another on the relations between England and France from 1748 to 1756, the book is devoted to Montcalm’s exploits as commander of the French army in Canada from the outbreak of the Seven Years’ War to his defeat and death at Quebec in 1759. The various battles are carefully discussed and graphically portrayed; the greatness of Montcalm’s achievement is fittingly praised; and his noble and courageous acceptance of defeat receives its due tribute. The book reflects the French-Canadian reverence for the memory of Montcalm whom the writer characterizes as “un honnête homme, un chrétien sincère, et un grand Français.” There is also generous appreciation of the bravery and chivalry of Wolfe.  1
 
 
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