Who was who at Waterloo: A Biography of the Battle

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Longman, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 465 pages
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Everyone knows about the Battle of Waterloo – or do they?

This book presents the battle as never before: through the personal stories of over 150 people present at the battle or its immediate aftermath. A reference book, a biographical dictionary, and a myth-busting expose, Who was Who at Waterloo is an indispensable guide to history’s most famous battle.

Arranged in alphabetical order, and with entries highlighted throughout the text like links in a website, the book boasts a colourful cast of soldiers, politicians, peasants, surgeons, artists, novelists, poets, scientists, entrepreneurs, and more. It provides many sorties into nineteenth century culture, politics, medicine and science. It also provides a thorough look at the sources, identifying myths, irregularities and cover-ups. The book demonstrates how little we can really know about Waterloo. And yet it also demonstrates just how much can be said about the battle’s participants.

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About the author (2007)

Christopher Summerville is a freelance editor and writer specialising in military history. His ambition is to popularise the Napoleonic era, and to make that most colourful and dramatic of periods accessible to the general reader. He has published several books on the period including Napoleon's Polish Gamble: Eylau and Friedland 1807(2005), Regency Recollections: Captain Gronow's Guide to Life in London and Paris (2006) and March of Death: Sir John Moore's Retreat to Corunna, 1808-1809 (2003). He lives and works in York.

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