MAXWELL Herbert (ed.),
The Creevey Papers: A Selection from the Correspondence and Diaries of the Late Thomas Creevey, M.P.
© Cambridge University Press
From the publishers:
Thomas Creevey (1768–1838) was a Whig politician, diarist and letter-writer, whose papers provide an important source for the history of the early nineteenth century. Although a relatively poor man, he was adept at making friends with important people, and received hospitality and financial help from them. His letters are full of gossip, often indiscreet, giving a vivid picture of the society and politics of the day. They form an interesting comparison with the papers of his contemporaries, J. W. Croker, who as a Tory was in power for most of the period in question, and Charles Greville (both available in this series). Living in Brussels (where he became acquainted with Wellington) at the time of Waterloo, he is perhaps best remembered for his description of life there during Napoleon's 'Hundred Days'. This two-volume work edited by Sir Herbert Maxwell (1845–1937) was first published in 1903.
Place and publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 792
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Description: From the Publishers: "From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, this book is about the Britain that fought the battle of Waterloo – from pauper to painter, poet to prince, soldier to civilian.
Midnight, Sunday, 17 June 1815. There was no town in England that had not sent its soldiers, hardly a household that was not holding its breath, not a family, as Byron put it, that would escape ‘havoc's tender mercies' at Waterloo, and yet at the same time life inevitably went on as normal.
As Wellington's rain-sodden army retreated for the final, decisive battle, men and women in England were still going to the theatre and science lectures, still working in the fields and the factories, still reading and writing books and sermons, still painting their pictures and sitting in front of Lord Elgin's marbles as if almost five thousand did not already lie dead. After ten hours of savage fighting, Waterloo would be littered with the bodies of something like 47,000 dead and wounded. Meanwhile, as the day unfolded, a whole nation, countryside and town, artisan and aristocrat, was brought together by war.
From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, Went the Day Well is a breathtaking portrait of Britain in those moments. Moving from England to the battle and back again this vivid, stunning freeze-frame of a country on the single most celebrated day in its modern history shows Crane's full range in tracing the endless, overlapping connections between people's lives. From private tragedies, disappointed political hopes, and public discontents to grandiloquent public celebrations and monuments, it answers Wellington's call as he rallied his troops to ‘Think what England is thinking of us now'. "
Review by Robert Fox in the Evening Standard.
The Iron Duke with flecks of rust: Wellington emerges as a lesser soldier than Napoleon, Review by Nigel Jones in the Spectator.
Place and publisher: William Collins
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 384
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