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The Age of Elegance: 1812-1822

By Arthur Bryant

The Age of Elegance: 1812-1822 is the final volume in Bryant’s three-part master history of the Napoleonic Wars.

From 1812 onwards, with Napoleon marching into Russia and Wellington’s men knocking on the door to Spain behind him, Bryant details the brilliant campaigns which ultimately brought the dictator to his knees. He then charts the road to Waterloo, where he describes the battle with unforgettable clarity, and tells the story of the peacemakers at Vienna.

In the final part of the book, Bryant surveys the England that had emerged after so many years of struggle. It was an England rich, powerful, and victorious, overflowing with energy and self-confidence. He describes both the sources of her power, and the depths of the injustices, un-redressed wrongs, and the simmering discontent that had accumulated under the surface, unperceived by the architects of victory.

Praise for The Age of Elegance:

‘The most brilliant book that Mr Bryant has yet given us. It is indeed wonderfully written, it carries us forward breathlessly…He has an extraordinary gift for historical landscape, so that his scenes live intensely in the mind…The centre of this volume is the battle-piece of Waterloo: I do not remember any account of a battle to surpass it’ — A. L. Rowse in Time and Tide.

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