Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles (Paperback)
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Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles (Paperback)

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'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, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy - and of the final battle that determined the fate of Europe.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007539406

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“Breathtaking, breathless and in need of a little editing”

Whether it was a hurried job or not to write a book about Waterloo to commemorate the 200 year anniversary, there is a great deal of repetition of facts in this book coupled with the very odd, sudden and jarring... More

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3rd July 2015
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“A very good read! ”

Waterloo is such a fascinating event in history to study and read about, and Mr Cornwell's account is gripping and exciting. Little facts are used well to give the reader an idea of what is was like for the... More

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