KINDLE ❅ Wellington Author Richard Holmes – Bassgrotto.co.uk


Wellington Richard Holmes, Highly Acclaimed Military Historian And Broadcaster, Tells The Exhilarating Story Of Britain S Greatest Ever Soldier, The Man Who Posed The Most Serious Threat To Napoleon The Duke Of Wellington S Remarkable Life And Extraordinary Campaigns Are Recreated With Holmes Superb Skill In This Compelling Book.Richard Holmes Charts Wellington S Stellar Military Career From India To Europe, And In The Process, Rediscovers The Reasons Queen Victoria Called Him The Greatest Man The Nineteenth Century Had Produced Combining His Astute Historical Analysis With A Semi Biographical Examination Of Wellington, Holmes Artfully Illustrates The Rapid Evolution In Military And Political Thinking Of The Time.Wellington Is A Brilliant Figure, Idealistic In Politics, Cynical In Love, A Wit, A Beau, A Man Of Enormous Courage Often Sickened By War As Richard Holmes Charts His Progress From A Shy, Indolent Boy To Commander In Chief Of The Allied Forces, He Also Exposes The Iron Duke As A Philanderer, And A Man Who Sometimes Despised The Men That He Led, And Was Not Always In Control Of His Soldiers Particularly Infamous Is The Bestial Rampage Of His Men After The Capture Of Cuidad Rodgrigo And Badajoz.THE IRON DUKE Is A Beautifully Produced Book, Complete With Stunning Illustrations And Colour Plates Richard Holmes TV Series To Accompany THE IRON DUKE Will Be Lavishly Constructed In Four Parts, And Filmed On Location In Britain, India, Spain, Portugal, France And Belgium.


10 thoughts on “Wellington

  1. says:

    Aussie Rick got me reading about the Napoleonic Era 2 years ago and it has been a rich vein of history to explore Really, how many historical figures are known by one name In Wellington The Iron Duke we are introduced to the man credited with ending the threat of Napoleon The book is a companion to the eponymous BBC TV series available on YouTube We follow Wesley Wellesley Wellington from his early childhood, to his days in India through his campaigns in the Peninsular War, ending his mi Aussie Rick got me reading about the Napoleonic Era 2 years ago and it has been a rich vein of history to explore Really, how many historical figures are known by one name In Wellington The Iron Duke we are int...


  2. says:

    Very basic introduction to Wellington almost a high school book Not that it was poorly written, but that it was so shallow Oh, there were the occasional confusions, such as when Holmes quotes Wellington we might as well call him that consistently his list of titles takes a full page in the book describing the siege of Bur...


  3. says:

    Finally got around to finishing this last night A well researched, well written biography of Wellington, someone I knew of only through Joyce studies and the eponymous Beef, as well as a window into the political military complex of the British Empire at its height Wellington participated in establishing suzerainty over India, ejected the French from Spain, defeated Napolean at Waterloo, and later, as Prime Minister, brokered Irish voting rights into law The little details are what make the b Finally got around to finishing this last night A well researched, well written biography of Wellington, someone I knew of only through Joyce studies and the eponymous Beef, as well as a window into the political military complex of the British Empire at its height Wellington participated in establishing suzerainty over India, ejected the French from Spain, defeated Napolean at Waterloo, and later, as Prime Minister, brokered Irish voting rights into law The little details are what make the book worth the bother Wellington s numerous love affairs, sleeping on table to...


  4. says:

    Wellington, The Iron Duke provides a brief summation of the life of Wellington I was probably expecting a lot , particularly after recently reading John Sugden s two volume biography of Nelson Although, the book covers all the major periods of Wellington s life, i.e his early years, time in India, the Peninsular Wars, Waterloo and his later political life, I definitely came away wishing for muchand for acomprehensive treatment I also found the structure of the book a bit disc Wellington, The Iron Duke provides a brief summation of the life of Wellington I was probably expecting a lot , particularly after recently rea...


  5. says:

    This is a serviceable biography of Wellington and accomplishes what it sets out to do be an accessible introduction to Wellington s life and times Holmes is certainly an able scholar and researcher, and his prose is very readable I was occasionally disappointed that he was notopinionated than he was He is at his best and most entertaining when he interjects his own voice and delivers some penetrating analysis, often with a clever turn of phrase This style was of course his trademark in This is a serviceable biography of Wellington and accomplishes what it sets out to do be an accessible introduction to Wellington s life and times Holmes is certainly an able scholar and researcher, and his prose is very readable I was occasionally disappointed that he was notopinionated than he was He is at his best and most entertaining when he interjects his o...


  6. says:

    A brief ish account of Wellington s career Holmes in a military historian so he tends to be ratherconcerned with battle plans than Wellington s political or private life Nonetheless he writes with a good balance of detail, summary and anecdote, often deferring todetailed accounts Occasionally I got a little lost in Holmes terminology what is the differenc...


  7. says:

    A decent read, covers most of the aspects of the life and career of one of Britain s best known Generals undefeated in battle and someone who carved out many of the victories that made Britain the dominant power in the world.I am not familiar with Holmes other works, this seems to be the work of a military historian The book contains fairly decent descriptions of all the major battles of Wellington s career I was particularly interested in the Battle of Assaye where the British IndianArmy A decent read, covers most of the aspects of the life and career of one of Britain s b...


  8. says:

    A good overview of his career, covering in just enough detail for the casual reader.


  9. says:

    This must be the Cole Notes version of his biography A good read, but basic, hitting the high points.


  10. says:

    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington 1769 1852 was a colossus of warfare in the early 19th century Volumes have been written on his life and exploits, beginning in his time and continuing today As Holmes notes, the amount of analysis that the Duke s career has been subjected to is probably only rivalled by that of his greatest foe, Napoleon Bonaparte Holmes s Wellington The Iron Duke is a brief and plain language examination of the Duke s career and life Richard Holmes, a military Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington 1769 1852 was a colossus of warfare in the early 19th century Volumes have been written on his life and exploits, beginning in his time and continuing today As Holmes notes, the amount of analysis that the Duke s career has been subjected to is probably only rivalled by that of his greatest foe, Napoleon Bonaparte Holmes s Wellington The Iron Duke is a brief and plain language examination of the Duke s career and life Richard Holmes, a military historian, naturally favours the military aspects of his subject s life and although Wellington s childhood and later political career are touched upon and bookend this volume, it is Holmes s examination of the wars against Mysore and the Maratha, the Peninsular War...


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