Water­loo in 100 Ob­jects

By Gareth Glover

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(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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