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Napoleonic Britain (ePub)

A Guide to Fortresses, Statues and Memorials of the French Wars 1792-1815

Military > By Century > 19th Century Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic P&S History > By Century > 18th Century

By David Buttery
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 21.6 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781399084383
Published: 30th July 2023


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This is the first guide to sites in the British Isles connected to the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars to be published. Stately homes, memorials, statues, dockyards, fortifications, tombs, churches, hospitals and museums associated with the wars are all described in vivid detail. There are hundreds of such sites with many of them being closely linked to military heroes like Wellington and Nelson and the forces they commanded.

Highpoints include not only St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column and Apsley House in London but more obscure monuments and buildings outside the capital like Edinburgh Castle, HMS Victory in Portsmouth Dockyard, the Western Heights Fortifications in Dover, Fishguard invasion site in Wales, Castlebar battlefield in Ireland and Martello towers along the English coastline. Many minor sites of great interest are listed too.

David Buttery’s guidebook gives the reader a fascinating insight into this long period of conflict between the British and the French and into the buildings, statues and memorials that commemorate it.

Review as featured in

Highlight: 'Aside from being an important guide to historic sites, it is also a very informative and enjoyable read, telling the story of the selected buildings, statues and memorials...'

The Waterloo Journal, Autumn 2023

Review as featured in

Highlight: '...informative, entertaining, educational, even inspiring - it quite makes you want to get out the maps and plan a tour.'

The Kedge Anchor

This is the perfect tour guide for history lover in the UK. Every chapter is about an event or key player in the Napoleonic war. There are so many pictures and tips for the different statues and buildings. I would definitely recommend for travellers and enthusiasts!

NetGalley, Naomi Sutherland

As featured in

Military History Matters - Issue 136, October/November 2023

Part history book, part travel guide, this book is valuable and informative for anyone interested in the Regency period or the Napoleonic Wars. For those planning to travel in the UK, this book is an excellent source for what to see and how to get there.

NetGalley, Andrea Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely loved this book. Really made me think of the history around us that we don't notice.
Worth reading.

NetGalley, Karen Bull

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Overall, nice book nothing to nitpick In this book, the author makes us explores the great history of the Napoleonic Britain era monuments, Churches, tombs, personalities, museums, statues and so on.

Special mention should be made about the Chapter 9 because in that chapter David Buttery gives complete knowledge on how to plan for Britain tour.

In that chapter, Author David previously worked as a tourist guide so he uses that expertise and gives his insight on where to stay, photography, by which mode of transport we need to choose based on needs and so on..

NetGalley, Immanuel Raja
 David Buttery

About David Buttery

David Buttery has established a reputation as a leading historian of nineteenth-century British military history. He has made a particular study of the Napoleonic and Crimean wars. He has worked in newspapers and museums and has published extensively in many of the leading military history periodicals including the Victorian Military Society's journal, The Leicestershire Chronicle and Military Illustrated. His most recent books are Wellington Against Massena: The Third Invasion of Portugal 1810-1811, Messenger of Death: Captain Nolan and the Charge of the Light Brigade, Wellington Against Junot: The First Invasion of Portugal 1807-1808 and the Waterloo Battlefield Guide.

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