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

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

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

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Details

Author(s)
Bernard Cornwell
Format
Paperback | 352 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 27mm | 370g
Publication date
07 May 2015
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint
William Collins
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
(Two 16-page colour plate sections and 12 maps), Index
ISBN10
0007539401
ISBN13
9780007539406
Bestsellers rank
23,601