The Battle of Waterloo Experience
Byb Peter and DanD Snow
(AAndre Deutsch, 6 4 pages, £30) ThisT is an absolutely fa ascinating book which has b een released for the 200th anniversarya of the Battle of Waterloo, and will appeal to those with a serious interest in the battle, but also those who just want to know more from a family history point of view or general interest.
Normally, in a history book, the evidence is referred to, but with this book it really is an ‘experience’ and you can read facsimiles of official documents, maps and letters, all contained in the four envelopes in the book. There is also a vast amount of information and pictures to look at and read.
The envelopes contain documents from all sides, and from a genealogy viewpoint, the letters in Envelope 2 that come from rank and file soldiers give a picture of life experiences. This would be useful for anyone who has wondered what military life was like for their ancestors in the Napoleonic armies – just bear in mind the handwriting is hard to read.
Envelope 3 contains The Times, with Wellington’s full transcript of the battle published in it. Others have orders from Wellington so you can see his handwriting, too. A really good read and well worth the money.
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