Obituary | Jean-René Aymes (1937-2020)
Jean-René Aymes (Professor at Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle) passed away on 8 November 2020, from Covid-19. This specialist in Spain and Franco-Spanish relations in the 18th and 19th centuries published numerous books and articles on both sides of the Pyrenees, such as La déportation des espagnols sous le Premier Empire. Les Espagnols en France (1808-1814) [The deportation of the Spaniards during the First Empire. The Spaniards in France (1808-1814)] or L'image de la France en Espagne de 1808 à 1850 [The image of France in Spain from 1808 to 1850], etc. His best-known work, published for the first time in 1975 and updated several times, is La guerra de la Independencia en Espana [The Spanish War of Independence]. Translated from the outset into French, it was republished once again in 2003 by the Fondation Napoléon et Nouveau Monde éditions under the title L'Espagne contre Napoléon [Spain against Napoleon].
Professor Aymes was a regular visitor to our library [the Bibliothèque Martial Lapeyre], and continued to participate in numerous colloquia and collective works. Whilst not strictly speaking a "Napoleonist", he greatly contributed to the knowledge of the "Iberian" aspects of Consulate and Empire politics.
To his family, the Fondation Napoléon extends its sincere condolences.
[Image: portrait by LUIS DÍAZLA RAZÓN]