Waterloo : The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles, Hardback

Waterloo : The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles Hardback

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


From the internationally bestselling author of the Sharpe novels - this is the true story of Waterloo.

On the 18th June, 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels.

In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre-Bras and the Prussians at Ligny.

The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield.

Now, brought to life by the celebrated novelist Bernard Cornwell, this is the chronicle of the four days leading up to the actual battle and a thrilling hour-by-hour account of that fateful day.

In his first work of non-fiction, Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting account of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon's escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the battlefields.

Through letters and diaries he also sheds new light on the private thoughts of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, as well as the ordinary officers and soldiers. Published ahead of the upcoming bicentenary in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy - and of the final battle that determined the fate of Europe.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages, (Over 70 colour illustrations and 12 maps), With index
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780007539383



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Once again Bernard Cornwell has shown his depth as an author. Waterloo is a very easy read not dry or boring as a lot of books about battles can be. It is well written and not biased in the telling of how the battle progressed from start to finish. Very good book.

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Bernard Cornwell branches out into non-fiction with this description of the Battle of Waterloo.He is of course well known for his series of 'Sharpe' books about the period and he now turns his attention to the facts of the matter.If you want a no-frills,well-written account of the battle,then you could do much worse than read this book.

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This is Cornwell's first foray into actual history, and this book is every bit as readable as his Sharpe or Starbuck novels. He goes into considerable detail without being tedious, and gives the reader a real sense of the violent intensity of this well-documented battle. Well worth a read.

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