By: Woodruff, Philip.

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320 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, 2 b&w battle plans. A fictionalized account with extensive notes at rear. "In the year between Blenheim and Ramillies, an English general landed in Spain, took Barcelona with a force n o greater than the garrison, turned himself into a guerrilla chief and by a combination of luck, impertinence and deception drove before him for two hundred miles a French and Spanish army sometimes twenty times the strength of his own. He c l e a r e d two provinces of the enemy and in the end sent the grandson of Louis XIV and his whole army back across the Pyrenees to France. The campaign is seen in this book through the eyes of Colonel James Awbyn, lieutenant-colonel of the Que e n' s Dr ag oo ns . He is a regimental officer, exact in his duty, careful of his men, but at heart, like all good soldiers, he is a romantic. He is fascinated by the erratic brilliance of his general, the Great Earl of Peterborough. His feelings d eve lo p s low ly fro m an almost mystical admiration to a kind of disappointed affection. The character of Peterborough and Awbyn's idea of him are the main themes of a book which is not a novel, still less what is known as fictional biography, bu t a chr onic le i n w hich t he historical characters say and do only what is recorded in their own letters and diaries. As readable as fiction, it is still an exact account of military 'shop' in Marlborough's army and of historical happening s th at h ave the e xcite ment of a bo y 's adventure story and something of the shape of tragedy." light browning to fore-edge and bottom of textblock, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate b rowni ng, v ery light soilin g, li ght ed ge w ea r. moderate edge wrinkling/creasing. Very Good/Good+


Author Name: Woodruff, Philip.

Categories: Military - British: General,

Publisher: Jonathan Cape, London, 1951, first edition.:

Seller ID: 19724

Keywords: Army, Spain, Earl Peterborough, Montjuich, Barcelona, Dragoons, Nules, Murviedro, Mortars, Valencia, Madrid, Quadalaxara, Historical fiction, Colonel de St Pierre, French.,