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LanfreyLanfrey, Pierre (1828-77), French historian, was born at Chambery. He studied law, but preferred literary work to practice. In 1858 he published an essay on the French Revolution, and in 1863 Etudes et Portraits Politiques, containing essays on Proudhon and Thiers' History of the Consulate and Empire. The first volume of his epoch-making Histoire de Napoleon Ier appeared in 1867, and the fifth in 1875, but the author only lived to carry it to the beginning of 1812. He served in the army during the German War, and, having afterwards entered the Assembly, was made by Thiers ambassador to Berlin in 1873. In 1875 he became senator. [Napoleon.]