The Beastly Battles Of Old England
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The Beastly Battles Of Old England : The misguided manoeuvres of the British at war

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Throughout history the English have been a warlike lot. Often we fight among ourselves - there have been a good few civil wars - and when we were not slaughtering each other, we practiced on our neighbours, the Scots, the Irish, the French . . . When that got too easy, we set off around the world to find other people to fight. This was usually done with a hubris that invited some ludicrous pratfall.

In THE BEASTLY BATTLES OF OLD ENGLAND, Nigel Cawthorne takes us on a darkly humorous journey through some of our ill-advised military actions. From the war over a severed ear to a general seeking out his rival's mistresses to even the score, it is a miscellany of insufferable arrogance, reckless gallantry, stunning stupidity, massive misjudgements and general beastliness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 203 x 18mm | 228g
  • PIATKUS BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Integrated: 20, b/w line drawings throughout
  • 0749953942
  • 9780749953942
  • 199,780

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Throughout history the English have been a warlike lot. Often we fight among ourselves - there have been a good few civil wares - and when we were not slaughtering each other, we practised on our neighbours, the Scots, the Irish, the French . . . When that got too easy, we set off around the world to find other people to fight. This was usually done with a hubris that invited some ludicrous pratfall.




· Do you know which crazy field marshal told the Duke of Wellington that he had been made pregnant with an elephant by a French grenadier?
· Or which cowardly general hid behind a tree when his troops walked straight into a Spanish ambush?
· Or which regiment drank 7217 gallons of liquor between them?




In The Beastly Battles of Old England, Nigel Cawthorne takes us on a darkly humorous journey through some of our ill-advised military actions. From the war over a severed ear to a general seeking out his rival's mistresses to even the score, it is a miscellany of insufferable arrogance, reckless gallantry, stunning stupidity, massive misjudgements and general beastliness.
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About Nigel Cawthorne

Nigel Cawthorne has been a writer for nearly 30 years, writing a number of successful popular history books; Nigel Cawthorne lives in London.
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