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Rumours Of War

(Matthew Hervey 6)

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Rumours Of War by Allan Mallinson
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1826: Bonaparte is dead, the Congress of Vienna's work is done and Europe is at peace. However, in Portugal, civil war is in the air following the death of King John VI. Newly returned from India, Matthew Hervey joins a delegation sent to make an assessment and lend support to the Portuguese regent, his place on the expedition having been secured with the help of his new friend, Lady Katherine Greville. But the Iberian Peninsula is redolent with memories for Hervey. For it was here as a young cornet that he first tasted military action. It was when the French had forced the British army into a gruelling and ignominious retreat until, under the leadership of Sir John Moore, they made their defiant stand at Corunna. In the epic battle that followed, Hervey and the Sixth Light Dragoons played their part. As the wave of the French onslaught broke against the solid rock of British resolve, the tide of war was turned once and for all in England's favour. And now, as the Spanish threaten the fortress at Elvas, Hervey makes ready for battle and prepares to confront ghosts from his past...

Author Biography

Allan Mallinson was a soldier for thirty-five years, serving first with the infantry and then the cavalry. He began writing while still serving. His first book was a history of four regiments of British light dragoons, one of whose descendant regiments he commanded. It was followed by A Close Run Thing, the first novel in the acclaimed and bestselling series chronicling the life of a fictitious cavalry officer, Matthew Hervey, before and after Waterloo. His The Making of the British Army was shortlisted for several prizes, while his centenary history, 1914- Fight the Good Fight - Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War won the British Army's Book of the Year Award. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, is a provocative look at leadership during the Great War. Allan Mallinson also writes for The Times, is history editor for Unherd.com and reviews for the TLS and the Spectator. He lives on Salisbury Plain.
Release date NZ
February 5th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Pages
560
Dimensions
127x198x35
ISBN-13
9780553813524
Product ID
1673943

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