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Waterloo Witnesses (Hardback)

Military and Civilian Accounts of the 1815 Campaign

Napoleonic Battle of Waterloo Military 19th Century

By Kristine Hughes
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 272
Illustrations: Colour plate section
ISBN: 9781399003629
Published: 30th April 2021


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The events of Sunday, 18 June, stand as the defining moment of the year 1815, if not of an entire era. The allied victory over Napoleon’s French army at the Battle of Waterloo reshaped governments and boundaries, made or broke fortunes and touched thousands of lives in ways both large and small, and it has been analysed, dissected and refought on paper a hundred times.

Perhaps, though, the very best words ever written about that momentous campaign are the first-person accounts recorded as events unfolded. It is these vivid accounts that Kristine Hughes has collected together in order to convey the hopes, fears and aspirations of their authors. They inject the story of the battle with a level of humanity that reclaims it from the realm of legend and restores it to the people who witnessed it.

In chronological order her work pieces together a novel view of the battle and events surrounding it as they were experienced by both military men and civilians. The result is a fascinating and varied picture of the individuals involved and the society of the period. Their words make compelling reading.

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About Kristine Hughes

Kristine Hughes has long been fascinated by the Regency period, the Napoleonic Wars and the life of the Duke of Wellington, having written and lectured on these subjects. In addition to having written The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England, Kristine has edited her blog, Number One London, for the past fourteen years and also shares her love of British history with others as a guide through her company, Number One London Tours.

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