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An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and War (Historical Romances)

By Georgette Heyer

On the eve of conflict, passions are working high...

"A remarkable achievement...vivid, actual, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent."―DAILY MAIL

"My favourite ancient novelist."―MARGARET DRABBLE

IN THE summer time OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of events, balls and soirees. within the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, nobody draws extra cognizance than the gorgeous, outrageous younger widow girl Barbara Childe. On their first assembly, rushing Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, yet even their betrothal does not calm her wild habit. eventually, with the conflict of Waterloo raging simply miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring again into town, girl Barbara discovers the place her middle relatively lies, and prefer a real noblewoman, she rises to the get together, and to the calls for of affection, lifestyles and war...

"Wonderful characters, stylish, witty writing, perfect
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achieves what the remainder of us purely aspire to."―KATIE FFORDE

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By the point he had came upon the Duke it was once simply prior 11 o’clock. He joined a bunch of folks amassed approximately his lordship, and sat with a unfastened rein, having a look alongside the ridge contrary. ‘Heard approximately supply? ’ requested Canning, who was once status subsequent to him. ‘No: which furnish? ’ responded the Colonel absently. ‘Oh, now not common furnish! Colonel furnish. He did ship the data of the French massing on Charleroi at the 15th—the very fullest info, all the way down to the final element. It’s simply come handy! ’ ‘Just come handy?

Ross’s, Sinclair’s, and Sandham’s have been all silent, Lloyd’s battery used to be nonetheless firing from in entrance of Halkett’s brigade; so used to be Napier, commanding Bolton’s, in entrance of Maitland; and a Dutch battery of 8 weapons, belonging to Detmer’s brigade, cited by way of Chassé in moment line, have been despatched ahead to a place instantly to the east of the Brunswick squares, and used to be pouring in a quick and well-directed fireplace upon the Grenadiers and the boys on Donzelot’s left flank. because the Brunswickers and Halkett’s males momentarily repulsed the 2 best columns, which, on their march over the asymmetric floor, had develop into merged into one unwieldy mass, the Grenadiers and the Chasseurs at the French left complex up the slope to the place Maitland’s Guards lay silently expecting them.

Barbara held out her hand. ‘Congratulate me, Judith! i've got simply develop into engaged on your brother-in-law! ’ ‘Oh, my love, in fact you've! ’ Judith cried, embracing her. ‘Charles, this time I congratulate you with all my center! ’ ‘Thank you! ’ he acknowledged, with relatively a stunned glance. ‘What’s the scoop within the city this present day? How do Fitzroy and Billy cross on? ’ ‘I haven't heard, yet after all we will name to make enquiries in a while. The Duke has pushed out in his curricle to rejoin the military, at Nivelles. We comprehend he has taken Colonel Felton Hervey on as his army secretary, until eventually Lord Fitzroy is easily adequate to return.

Because the ushers got here in, the gang parted, until an road was once shaped; their Majesties have been introduced; each woman sank in a deep curtsy; and in walked King William, a stout gentleman, together with his stout Queen beside him, and in the back of him his sons. Majesty was once in an affable temper, smiling widely, able to have any variety of shows made, and to be tremendous gracious to every body; however the Princes attracted extra realization. the more youthful, Frederick, used to be a great younger guy, with no longer inconsiderable pretensions to beauty.

He has his spies far and wide. ’ ‘Ah, then, that debts for him retaining off see you later! He’s apprehensive. ’ ‘Oh, you—you—! ’ Cathcart searched for a be aware sufficiently opprobrious to explain Sir Alexander, and will locate none. ‘Never brain! ’ stated Gordon. ‘You won’t be the child for much longer. we will have his Royal Highness the Hereditary Prince of Nassau-Usingen with us quickly, and we comprehend he’s in basic terms nineteen. ’ ‘He can’t be of any use. What the satan can we wish him for? ’ ‘We don’t wish him. We’re simply having him to lend tone to the relations.

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