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Life of Field-Marshal His Grace the Duke of Wellington

Life of Field-Marshal His Grace the Duke of Wellington


Life of Field-Marshal His Grace the Duke of Wellington

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Originally published in 1841, this is the THIRD volume in a series of three published between 1839-1841, which together form an impressive biography of Field-Marshall Arthur Wellington, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain whose defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain’s military heroes. Written when witnesses of the Iron Duke’s exploits were still alive, Maxwell used much firsthand information was available from serving a discharged military personnel to enrich the narrative.

In this volume the Duke’s career is recounted culminating in his victory on the field of Waterloo.

Richly illustrated throughout with steel and wood engravings.
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William Hamilton Maxwell (June 30, 1792 in Newry, County Down, Ireland - December 29, 1850) was a Scots-Irish novelist. He was born in Newry, County Down, Ireland as the only son of James Maxwell, a respectable merchant, and his wife Catherine Hamilton. William’s great grandfather had come to Ireland from Scotland as a military commander but stayed on when rewarded with a fair estate for his services. William was educated at Trinity College from 1807 and graduated with distinction in 1812. He was ordained in Carlow by the Bishop of Ferns in 1813. He also became a Prebendary Magistrate and a Commissioner of the Peace. He married to Mary Dobbin, daughter of Leonard Dobbin, MP for Armagh, in 1817. He was a regular guest of garrison at Castlebar where he became an honorary member at the officers mess. Here he listened to the stories of the veterans of the Peninsular Wars and Waterloo. In the early 1820s, William started writing and, encouraged by his friends, his first novel O’Hara was publish in 1825. This and his next novel, Stories from Waterloo (1834), started the school of rollicking military fiction, which culminated in the novels of Charles Lever. Maxwell also wrote a Life of the Duke of Wellington (1839-1841), and a History of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 (1845). He retired to Musselburgh near Edinburgh, where he died in 1850 aged 58.

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