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Robert Craufurd: The Man and the Myth (ePub)

The Life and Times of Wellington's Wayward Martinet

Napoleonic Military

By Ian Fletcher
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 43.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 616
ISBN: 9781526775207
eBook Released: 5th May 2021

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To most students of the Peninsular War the name Robert Craufurd evokes images of a battle-hardened martinet, flogging his men across Portugal and Spain, driving them hard and generally taking a tough stance against anything and everything that did not meet with his own strict disciplinarian code.

But that is only a partial picture of this most complex character, and it is the other side of Craufurd’s personality that is revealed in this, the first full-length biography to be written in the last hundred years. Craufurd’s letters to his wife are published here for the first time, and they show that he was a far more interesting and varied man in his private life than he appeared to be on campaign.

Ian Fletcher follows Craufurd’s controversial career from India, Ireland and South America to the Iberian Peninsula where he achieved immortality as one of Wellington’s finest generals.

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Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

“I had been waiting for this to be published and I was not disappointed. A Tour de force from Ian Fletcher, this has obviously been a long time in the making. This book charts Craufurd's eventful military life and his seldom seen home life. Some great illustrations from Christa Hook help illuminate the story. This is a large tome and well worth reading the 616 pages. This has to be essential reading for all students of the Peninsular War and one of it's most charismatic characters."

Vic Powell, Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

Any student of the Peninsular War and the wider era should read this book – it brings to life one of the more complex characters in Wellington's Army and removes the myths and stereotypes that have built up around him. Unless someone discovers a treasure trove of information about Craufurd that Ian Fletcher has missed, I would argue that this is the definitive work. If you're a young officer in The Rifles, I'd pick up a copy as I sense that this will provide a useful reference for future education (as awarded by the Adjutant).

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ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

...this is a particularly good overview of a very enigmatic character, where a number of his failings have been discussed at length in a serious attempt to view Robert Craufurd from all sides alongside his creditable successes.

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The Napoleon Series

This is a particularly good overview of a very enigmatic character, where a number of his failings have been discussed at length in a serious attempt to view Robert Craufurd from all sides alongside his creditable successes.

Gareth Glover, The Waterloo Association

The extraordinary story of a Flashman-like man whose career as a general to the Duke of Wellington has only been partially told in the past. Ian Fletcher superbly redresses the balance.

Books Monthly

In writing this book, the author has done exactly what a good biographer should - provided a deeper understanding of his subject's personality and experience, as well as his state of mind when called upon to make certain important decisions, In doing so, the author contradicts in some cases the myths, while in other cases he confirms them. More impressive than this, though, is that Fletcher brings the reader as close as surely must be possible to knowing Robert Craufurd, the man behind the myth.

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1/72 Scale Plastic Napoleonic Figures

This book requires concentration and attention but it is well worth it. The character of Craufurd comes through and the author places him in the context of the times.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

I had been waiting for this to be published and I was not disapointed. A Tour de force from Ian Fletcher, this has obviously been a long time in the making. This book charts Craufurd's eventful military life and his seldom seen home life. Some great illustrations from Christa Hook help iluminate the story. This is a large tome and well worth reading the 616 pages. This has to be essential reading for all students of the Peninsular War and one of it's most charismatic characters.
Vic Powell Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

Vic Powell

About Ian Fletcher

Ian Fletcher is a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and a leading authority on the Peninsular War and Wellington’s army. Born in London in 1957, his first book, In Hell Before Daylight, was published in 1984, since when he has written or edited twenty-four others, including Galloping at Everything, The Crimean War: A Clash of Empires, and Wellington’s Regiments. He worked on the BBC’s Decisive Weapons series, the History Channel’s Line of Fire and Sharpe's War series and Channel 4's series Revolutionary Armies. He has also appeared on Russian and Ukrainian television as part of an award-winning 4-part documentary series on the Crimean War.

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