Waterloo in 100 Objects
By Gareth Glover
(The History Press, 320 pages, £25) There’s been a spate of titles marking the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815) and man ny more books al long the lines of ‘10 00 objects about’, , so this makes perfect sense for the publishers to commission.
The objectss chosen here vary from a King George III penny to the skeleton of Napoleon’s horse Le Vizir and a gown worn by the Duchess of Richmond at a ball held in Brussels the night before the battle. There’s a brief essay about each item, a photograph and details of where it can now be seen. Gareth Glover has found some interesting objects, although there is no example of a set of ‘Waterloo teeth’ – that is teeth that were torn from bodies on the battlefield and sold to dentists all over Europe to be fitted to their papatientsatients – or the false leg belongin ng to the Marquis of Anglesey, which is a highlight of the National Army Museum. More seriously, there is no list of the items selected, let alone any guidance about why they were chosen, which rather limits the value of the book.
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