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

History , European History
Paperback Published on: 07/05/2015
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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.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007539406
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 370g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm

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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 ... READ MORE
Lewis  Walne
As someone who struggled with History at school, and never really got into reading non-fiction, I can honestly say that Bernard Cornwell's books have taug... READ MORE
Jane Cantor
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 ... READ MORE
The oaks
A Very Good Book
I didn't know what to expect as Bernard Cornwell is well known for fiction books, but this book was an excellent and gripping read. I found myself in equal... READ MORE
Alexander Barlow
A very readable account , simply a great read.
Simon Johnston