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An Infamous Army Download ´ 9 In the summer of 1815 beneath the aegis of the Army of Occupation Brussels is the gayest town in Europe And the red haired widow Lady Barbara Childe renowned for being as outrageous as she is beautiful is at the centre of the social whirl and of all that is fashionable and light hearted However the city was a nest of intrigue Napoleon threatened Europe but the talk was only of this dazzling and tempestuous young Every brilliant ball supper and concert in the feverish spring seemed to bring. This was a bit of a mash up part romance with an unpleasantly self absorbed heroine part history lesson meticulously researched and well told The story opens in Brussels on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo as British and allied European forces prepare to confront a resurgent Napoleon The Duke of Wellington is in command of the British troops who are too few and unseasoned Heyer captures the sense of feverish gaiety that grips this city on the brink of war Wellington s staff work madly to assemble troops and euipment by day then dance til dawn at glittering parties At the Duchess of Richmond s ball held the night of 15 June 1815 the 42nd Royal Highlanders and the 92nd Foot danced reels and strathspeys to the music of their own pipesthe weird sound of the pipes began and the Highlanders came marching in with their kilts swinging tartans swept over their left shoulders huge white sporrans bobbing and the red cheuered patterns of their stockings twinkling in the uick steps of the reel A message arrives for Wellington who plans the next day s stand at uatre Bras and the men take their leave The Highland Brigade came marching through the Place in the first rays of sunlightIn just a few hours those Highlanders would face the French in a battle that would cost the lives of over 8000 menThat was only the beginning and two days later the British and their allies would fight Napoleon s finest in the rain soaked fields outside a small village called Waterloo Heyer s descriptions of Waterloo are moving the glory the desperate courage the chaos the hideous pain of the injured both men and horses It s all there and very real and it was as Wellington would say later the nearest run thing you ever saw in your lifeI also learned a great deal about the way war was fought in those days For example infantry suares like these were remarkably effective defenses against cavalry chargesAs for the romanceI think the book would have been better off without it Lady Barbara Child was so selfish and reckless that even her bravery helping with the wounded could not reconcile me to her Sadly many of the characters seem rather dull including some old friends from earlier Alastair Audley books Not my favorite Heyer but an interesting read for fans of military historyContent rating PG for mature themes and graphic descriptions of warJune 2015 Georgette Heyer group read

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An Infamous Army Download ´ 9 Her a new conuest by storm She is the talk of the ton She flirts shamelessly dresses outrageously and scandalizes polite society That doesn't stop one of her adorers the dashing Colonel Charles Audley an aide de camp to the Duke of Wellington from falling madly in love with the beautiful young widow and proposing marriage Threatened by the growing tide of scandal she allowed Colonel Charles Audley to claim her for his brideThe eve of the fateful Battle of Waterloo their betrothal falls apar. This is exactly the bracing kind of story I needed Jolly good fun as the general population of characters in this book would say Georgette Heyer has always been good at adventure stories set amongst the British upper class but in this she has far outdone herself Her research is astounding The second half of the book largely consists of an enormously through about 150 pages long play by play account of the battle of Waterloo and its immediate lead up and aftermath Heyer seems to know every small action every commander each failed and successful strategy on both sides not to mention her unbelievable knowledge of 19th century warfare and British army cant of the time This part of the novel reads like something between a history tome and the narrative novel that its supposed to be I certainly didn t know about 34 of any of the stuff in there I think her main character Charles Audley one of the aides de camp to Wellington was about the only person who was invented In further praise I think Charles and Barbara are one of the realistic couples she s created and each of them three dimensional and changing throughout the course of the story Their love is somewhat unmotivated at first but if you just accept it there s no fault to be found thereafter with it The first half of the novel is wonderful in the fact that it combines the farcical romance stories that she does so well and weaves in hints of the military drama to come over the course of it It really creates a sense of the hysteria and surreality of being in society in Brussels before the battle of Waterloo one second at balls the next wondering when the cannons will fire on you I wouldn t think of this as a romance novel whatever it may say on the back of the book Romance novels don t discuss battles and histories for 150 pages and hint at it for the rest Also The character of Wellington is wonderful well researched and not idealized in the slightest She used many of his dispatches from the battle to make him even realistic The only thing I would comment on as a problem is that the romance and the description of Waterloo don t uite go together It s like one story ends and entirely different one begins when the second half starts with some of the same characters Then for the last 30 pages the first one starts up again wrapping up all the storylines from the first part of the novel affected by the outcome of Waterloo Were it not for Audley the two would seem to have no connection at all It did need to flow better and perhaps not have uite so serious a shift in tone It was a little extreme I was jolted and I had to step back and take a breath before resuming after being plunged headfirst into 19th century military strategy PS For you fans of Heyer s These Old Shades one of my favorites and Devil s Cub Barbara is Dominic and Mary s granddaughter the couple from Devil s Cub and they make an appearance Bonus

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An Infamous Army Download ´ 9 T It isn't until Charles marches off to fight Napoleon that Barbara discovers where her heart lies Now she can do nothing but wait as the battle rages praying for the safety of the one man who can set her free from her wild impulses But as the clouds of war gathered he turned from her in a sudden mysterious indifference Stunned bewildered Barbara wondered what secret she must fathom what new seduction must she devise to regain the one man who she ruefully realized had truly claimed her hear. This book has two sides In other words you will find two books inside1 It is definitely a tribute to Duke of Wellington and his army which fought at Waterloo And it is great tribute Heyer had to spend many hours to get so historically accurate descriptions Really I don t even know what I can say If someone likes to read about wars war strategies and so on he will think of this book like of a jewel I love historical fiction Nonetheless although I appreciate value of Heyer s work I confess I have skipped many sites and battle descriptions I haven t had a mood for such knowledge But I know where I can find it when I will be interested Still I have read with pleasure about other historical facts 2 It is classical romance of Heyer Witty with small surprises with interesting charactersThere are two aspects two things I will remember especially from this bookOne is a history of Harriet and Peregrine They are characters from Regency Buck We see them in An Infamous Army as a married couple Their relationship is portrayed interestingly You will be reminded that there is a real life after Happily Ever AfterSecond is Harry s attitude to the war His awakening of delusion is sadIf I gave stars according to my pleasure from reading in this particular time I would give four stars But I can appreciate the whole book with parts which I haven t thoroughly read

  • Paperback
  • 431
  • An Infamous Army
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 05 August 2019
  • 9780099465768