Bestselling author Bernard Cornwell's first work of non-fiction - the true story of the epic battle of Waterloo.
Bestselling author Bernard Cornwell is celebrated for his ability to bring history to life. Here, in his first work of non-fiction, he has written the true story of the epic battle of Waterloo - a momentous turning point in European history - a tale of one campaign, four days and three armies. He focuses on what it was like to be fighting in that long battle, whether officer or private, whether British, Prussian or French; he makes you feel you are present at the scene.
The combination of his vivid, gripping style and detailed historical research make this, his first non-fiction book, the number one book for the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. It is a magnificent story. There was heroism on both sides, tragedy too and much misery. Bernard Cornwell brings those combatants back to life, using their memories to recreate what it must have been like to fight in one of the most ghastly battles of history. It was given extra piquancy because all of Europe reckoned that the two greatest soldiers of the age were Napoleon and Wellington, yet the two had never faced each other in battle. Both were acutely aware of that, and aware that history would judge them by the result. In the end it was a victory for Wellington, but when he saw the casualty lists he wept openly. 'I pray to God,' he said, 'I have fought my last battle.' He had, and it is a story for the ages.
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.
Praise for Waterloo: '[...] An account that is both vivid and scholarly. Readers new to the Waterloo campaign could hope for no better introduction, and veterans will find fresh insights.' Independent 'Cornwell is excellent on the minutiae of tactics [...] he offers narrative clarity, and a sure grip on personalities and period.' Max Hastings, The Sunday Times 'An excellent first foray into non-fiction, and proof that good narrative history is no different from fiction - it's all about the story.' Evening Standard 'A gripping "fife and drum" account [...] beautifully produced.' Country Life Praise for Bernard Cornwell's previous titles: 'The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.' George R.R. Martin 'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' Observer
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st September 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.5 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.92