The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World, from Marathon to Waterloo (Google eBook)

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Harper and Brothers, 1858 - Battles - 364 pages
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Review: The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo

User Review  - Dmclayton5 - Goodreads

While the language is masterful and articulate and the accounts of the battles very thorough, English imperialist bias seeps through the good qualities of this piece of history. Other than this major ... Read full review

Review: The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo

User Review  - Parikshit Lale - Goodreads

Creasy does a great job in creating a string of 15 landmarks that got western europe to 18th century. The title might well been fifteen decisive battles of west ! Apart from that . an obvious ... Read full review

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Page 248 - My loving people, we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery. But I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people.
Page 133 - Then leave the poor Plebeian his single tie to life The sweet, sweet love of daughter, of sister, and of wife, The gentle speech, the balm for all that his vexed soul endures, The kiss, in which he half forgets even such a yoke as yours. Still let the maiden's beauty swell the father's breast with pride; Still let the bridegroom's arms infold an unpolluted bride.
Page 249 - ... to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust. I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain or any Prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm...
Page 249 - I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all, to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust.
Page 249 - Let tyrants fear. I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good will of my subjects...
Page 325 - This article is inadmissible in any extremity. Sooner than this army will consent to ground their arms in their encampments, they will rush on the enemy determined to take no quarter.
Page 305 - Westward the course of empire takes its way, The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day : Time's noblest offspring is the last.
Page 250 - I say, that such an army cannot be resisted on the coast of England without a fleet to impeach it ; no, nor on the coast of France, or any other country, except every creek, port, or sandy bay, had a powerful army in each of them to make opposition...
Page 310 - Mountains contains 2,059,513 square miles, or 1,318,126,058 acres. These estimates show that the territories recently acquired, and over which our exclusive jurisdiction and dominion have been extended, constitute a country more than half as large as all that which was held by the United States before their acquisition.
Page iv - The victory of Charles Martel has immortalized his name, and may justly be reckoned among those few battles of which a contrary event would have essentially varied the drama of the world in all its subsequent scenes ; with Marathon, Arbela, the Metaurus, Chalons, and Leipsic.

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