Strangers at the Farm: Le Caillou, 17th-18th June 1815 (Rosamund Mary Chambers)

Strangers at the Farm: Le Caillou, 17th-18th June 1815 (Rosamund Mary Chambers) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Fiction Author: C shelves. priced at £10.00! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

London: Cassell, 1961, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: Amid the thunder of the guns on the field of Waterloo, the astonishing career of Napoleon Bonaparte came to an end. In this, one of the decisive battles of the world, the Emperor of the French who had held dominion over all Western Europe, suffered irreparable defeat. Only exile and death remained.

In Belgium, then as so often in history the cockpit of Europe, the armies of Britain and France met, offering up to the hope of future peace a sacrifice of men, guns, horses, in a frenzy of action and noise, of agony and heroic death. Here, on the gently rolling cornfields south of Brussels, the men who worshipped le petit caporalas the epitome of their countrys glory, clashed with the stubborn troops of Wellington. Amidst the smoke and flame of gunfire and musketry, driven by the calls of trumpet and bugle and the roll of defiant drums, the antagonists struggled and the scales of victory wavered through ten mortal hours. Behind the French position, just out of sight of the battlefield at the farm of Le Caillou, there waited in a fever of ever-changing hopes and fears, those members of the Imperial Headquarters whose duties denied them the relief of action. Through their eyes we see the battles ebb and flow, hear the gossip, the rumours, the wrangling, recall the past glories, hear the views of the generals, realize the devotion of the Emperors servants. Into the once peaceful, homely farmhouse erupt the horrors of war, for just two days, leaving behind ruin and death: into the life of the little maidservant who saw it all comes one of the greatest men of history, the modern Caesar, leaving for her memories of outward might and hidden depths of love.

In this, her third novel based on the life of the Emperor Napoleon, Mrs. Chambers sees her hero in the hour of his defeat. Although this is a novel, there is but one imaginary character. All the others who are introduced to the reader actually played their parts on the June day in 1815. This is no imaginary romance but a scholarly reconstruction by a novelist who has made a special study of the Napoleonic period.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded, somewhat soiled most notably on the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 228 pages. 8″ x 5½”.

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