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Waterloo : the history of four days, three armies and three battles

By: Cornwell, Bernard

0007539401 / 9780007539406
Paperback
940.2742
07/05/2015
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England
20 cm 352 pages, 32 pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white)
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Reprint. Originally published: 2014.

The Sunday TimesNumber 1 Bestseller 'A fabulous story, superbly told ... cannot be bettered' Max Hastings 'Some battles change nothing.

Waterloo changed almost everything.' On the 18th June 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels.

In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre-Bras and the Prussians at Ligny.

The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield. Now, brought to life by the celebrated novelist Bernard Cornwell, this is the chronicle of the four days leading up to the actual battle and a thrilling hour-by-hour account of that fateful day. In his first work of non-fiction, Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting account of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon's escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the battlefields.

Through letters and diaries he also sheds new light on the private thoughts of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, as well as the ordinary officers and soldiers. Published to coincide with the bicentenary in 2015, Waterloois a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy - and of the final battle that determined the fate of Europe.

BIC:

1DDB Belgium, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, HBJD European history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, HBWH Napoleonic Wars, JWLF Battles & campaigns

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