Friday, 27 November 2015

WATERLOO by Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell - Waterloo

Published by William Collins

Pages 352 plus covers

Many will know Bernard Cornwell as the author to the famous Sharpe novels that were published in 1981 (Sharpe’s Eagle and Sharpe’s Gold) and then made into a television series from 1993-1997 about a fictional officer played by Sean Bean who ended his career in the 95th Rifles during the Napoleonic Wars. This is Bernard’s very first non-fictional history book and what a great book it is.
First Published in 2014 by British publishers William Collins, it contains twelve chapters of meticulously storytelling of the four days of the Battle of Waterloo. Starting with Napoleons escape from Elba it takes you through the smoke and gore of the three battlefields and their aftermath. Giving detailed accounts from letters and diaries from Emperor Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, and from ordinary officers and soldiers of the three armies. Bernard has taken great pains to research the four days of battle to give a riveting account of every dramatic moments and bravery, heroism and tragedy on both sides.
The book is near full of wonderful colour pictures and maps of the battlefield at certain stages of the battles.