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    DescriptionBestselling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the life of John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and Britain's finest soldier, who rose from genteel poverty to lead his country to glory, cementing its position as a major player on the European stage and saviour of the Holy Roman Empire. John Churchill is, by any reasonable analysis, Britain's greatest-ever soldier. He mastered strategy, tactics and logistics. His big four battles, Blenheim (which saved the Holy Roman Empire), Ramilies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet were events at the very centre of the European stage. He captured Lille, France's second city, overran Bavaria and beat a succession of French marshals so badly that one, the squat and energetic Bofflers, was rewarded by Louis XIV for only losing moderately. A coalition manager long before the phrase was invented, he commanded a huge polyglot army with centrifugal political tendencies and bending it to his will by sheer force of personality. Yet John Churchill was also deeply controversial. He accepted a pension from one of Charles II's mistresses for services vigorously rendered. He owed his rise and his peerage to James II yet, determined to be on the winning side, he deserted him in his hour of need in 1688. He maintained regular correspondence with the Jacobites while serving William and Mary and with the French while fighting Louis XIV. He made money on a prodigious scale, but was notoriously tight-fisted, long regretting an annuity given to a secretary whose quick-wittedness saved him from capture. But in the age when commissions were bought and sold, and commanders often owed their position to the hue of their blood, he never lost his soldier's confidence.


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    Title
    Marlborough
    Subtitle
    Britain's Greatest General
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Holmes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007225729
    ISBN 10: 0007225725
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    DC22: 941.06092
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE, 3JF
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHD
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPerennial
    Publication date
    02 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Celebrated military historian and television presenter Richard Holmes is famous for his BBC series 'Rebels and Redcoats' and 'Wellington'. He is the author of the bestselling and widely acclaimed 'Redcoat' and 'Tommy' and a dozen other books, including 'The Western Front', 'Dusty Warriors' and 'Sahib'. He is general editor of 'The Definitive Oxford Companion to Military History'. He taught military history at Sandhurst for many years and is now Professor at Cranfield University and the Royal Military College of Science. He lives near Winchester in Hampshire.
    Review quote
    'We should...welcome a new biography of the man who was so admired by Napoleon and...Winston Churchill - especially if the biographer is Richard Holmes, whose background is a happy blend of military academia and media friendliness. Professor Holmes tackles his subject at a Light Infantry pace, cracking through a wide-ranging biography with confidence and good humour.' Independent on Sunday 'The appeal of Holmes's books is not merely their authority but their style. His lightness of touch makes these 500 pages a joy to read as well as an education.' The Times 'Outstanding...Holmes has written what must be the...fairest biography of Marlborough.' Daily Telegraph