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

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Lulu Press, Inc, Feb 23, 2015 - History
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From the New York Times bestselling author comes the definitive, illustrated history of one of the greatest battles ever fought—a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundreth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand. On June 18, 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 Prussians at Ligny and fought the British to a standstill at Quatre-Bras. The Allies were in retreat. The little village north of where they turned to fight the French army was called Waterloo. The blood-soaked battle to which the town gave its name would become a landmark in European history.

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Bernard Cornwell is the author of several historical novels featuring Richard Sharpe, an English soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. Waterloo is his first attempt at nonfiction, published just in time ... Read full review

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User Review  - oparaxenos - LibraryThing

This is Cornwell's first foray into actual history, and this book is every bit as readable as his Sharpe or Starbuck novels. He goes into considerable detail without being tedious, and gives the reader a real sense of the violent intensity of this well-documented battle. Well worth a read. Read full review


Napoleon has humbugged me by God
The fate of France is in your hands
Avancez mes enfants courage encore une fois Français
Ah Now Ive got them those English
A cannon ball came from the Lord knows where and took the head off our right
The Big Boots dont like rough stuff
Those terrible grey horses how they fight
We had our revenge Such slaughtering
The most beautiful troops in the world
Defend yourselves Defend yourselves They are coming in everywhere
Next to a battle lost the greatest misery is a battle gained
A thousand shall fall beside thee and ten thousand at thy right hand but

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, England, on February 23, 1944, and came to the United States in 1980. He received a B.A. from the University of London in 1967. Cornwell served as producer of the British Broadcasting Corporation from 1969-1976. After this he was head of current affairs for BBC-TV in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1979 he became editor of television news for Thames Television of London. Since 1980 he has been a freelance writer. he lives with his wife on Cape Cod. Cornwell's Sharpe series, adventure stories about a British soldier set in the Peninsula War of 1808-1814, are built on the author's interest in the Duke of Wellington's army. Titles include Sharpe's Rifles, Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Regiment, and Sharpe's Waterloo. The Last Kingdom series has ten books. Book ten, The Flame Bearer is on the bestsellers list. He has also written other works including Wildtrack, Killer's Wake, Sea Lord, Stormchild, Rebel, Copperhead, and Battle Flag. His title Death of Kings made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 and In 2014 his title The Pagan Lord made the list again.

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