A compelling history of the bloody battle that ended Louis XIV's dream of European domination and changed the course of history "Had it not been for Blenheim, all Europe might at this day suffer under the effect of French conquests resembling those of Alexander in extent and those of the Romans in durability." --Sir Edward Creasy, The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World In 1704, the armies of the French king Louis XIV, undefeated for two generations, were poised to extend the French frontiers to the Rhine and install ...
A compelling history of the bloody battle that ended Louis XIV's dream of European domination and changed the course of history "Had it not been for Blenheim, all Europe might at this day suffer under the effect of French conquests resembling those of Alexander in extent and those of the Romans in durability." --Sir Edward Creasy, The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World In 1704, the armies of the French king Louis XIV, undefeated for two generations, were poised to extend the French frontiers to the Rhine and install a French prince on the Spanish throne. But as French forces marched toward Vienna, allied armies under the command of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and Prince Eugene of Savoy set out to oppose them. The two forces met at Blenheim, in Bavaria, and the French were utterly defeated, ending France's dream of European domination. Based on original sources, this page-turning narrative brings the battle to life, effortlessly moving from the deliberations of kings to the travails of the common foot soldier. "Thoughtful, interesting, and well-written. . . . Spencer recovers an approach and authorial voice associated with Winston Churchill, whom indeed he quotes effectively and appropriately. . . . From the excellent scene-setting of the Prologue to the effective battle descriptions, which ably draw on the memoirs of the participants, Charles Spencer successfully combines narrative with analysis." --The Sunday Telegraph "A remarkable debut . . . not to be missed." --Evening Standard "Charles Spencer explores the decisive battle of Blenheim, the campaign that broke Louis XIV's domination of Europe and established the enduring reputation of the British redcoat . . . in this compelling, page-turning narrative . . . of a battle that changed the destiny of Europe." --Soldier
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Used; Very Good in Very Good jacket. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Gently read. DJ is VG.........TOC: PART ONE: LOUIS'S EUROPE--1. ) A ROD FOR HIS OWN BACK--2. ) AN ISLAND NO MORE--3. ) JOHN CHURCHILL--4. ) FRANCE FEELS THE STRAIN--5. ) THE SPANISH SUCCESSION------------PART TWO: THE WAR 6. ) TAKING SIDES--7. ) THE WAR IN FLANDERS--8. ) FRIENDS LIKE THESE--9. ) CLOSING IN------------PART THREE: THE CAMPAIGN--10. ) CUTTING THE GORDIAN KNOT--11. ) PRINCE EUGE`NE--12. ) COMBINED FORCES--13. ) THE STORMING OF THE SCHELLENBERG--14. ) LOOKING TO LOUIS--15. ) LAYING WASTE TO BAVARIA--16. ) BATTLE LOOMS------------PART FOUR: THE BATTLE--17. ) BATTLE JOINED--18. ) BLENHEIM VILLAGE--19. ) GENERAL ENGAGEMENT--20. ) CAVALRY CHARGE--21. ) VICTORY------------PART FIVE: THE AFTERMATH--22. ) 'QUE DIRA LE ROI? --23. ) VINDICATION--24. ) LESSONS LEARNED------------* SOURCES--* APPENDICE A: The Senior Officers of the Army of the Grand Alliance at Blenheim--* APPENDICE B: British and Irish Regiments who fought at Blenheim--* APPENDICE C: The Regiments Brought into Bavaria by Marshal Tallard--* BIBLIOGRAPHY--* INDEX...............'Louis XIV had created the largest army Europe had seen since Roman times, and he encouraged his marshals to fight with Roman ruthlessness. For forty years, it was unstoppable-no army and no alliance could stand against the Sun King's soldiers. ' 'Then, on August 14, 1704, amidst the pomp and splendor of a court celebration honoring his military conquests, Louis received word that the unthinkable had occurred: his 'invincible' army not only had suffered its first defeat in two generations, but had been utterly routed. An entire army of 60, 000 men had disappeared and its commander had been taken prisoner by the English. ' 'The Battle of Blenheim changed the course of history. Louis's hitherto unbeaten army was destroyed in a day, never to recover. And just as astonishing to contemporary observers was that the British, seemingly overnight, had become a power in Europe for the first time since Henry V beat the French at Agincourt. ' 'In Battle for Europe, Charles Spencer recounts how, under the command of the military genius John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, the British army was transformed from an unruly, ragtag collection of misfits and social outcasts into a highly disciplined fighting force. British soldiers made up only a fifth of the victorious allied army at Blenheim, but their contribution was decisive. In the wake of Blenheim, the greatest land victory won under an English commander on foreign soil since 1415, the British took their first faltering steps toward empire. '--Jacket.
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