An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and by Georgette Heyer

By Georgette Heyer

At the eve of conflict, passions are operating high... ''A significant achievement...vivid, actual, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent.''-DAILY MAIL ''My favourite old novelist.''-MARGARET DRABBLE in the summertime OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of events, balls and soirees. within the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, nobody draws extra cognizance than the attractive, outrageous younger widow girl Barbara Childe. On their first assembly, rushing Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, yet even their betrothal does not calm her wild habit. ultimately, with the conflict of Waterloo raging simply miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring again into the city, woman Barbara discovers the place her center particularly lies, and prefer a real noblewoman, she rises to the party, and to the calls for of affection, existence and war... ''Wonderful characters, stylish, witty writing, ideal interval element, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the remainder of us basically aspire to.'' -KATIE FFORDE

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I have no notion of staying here if Bonaparte does march on Brussels, as they all say he will. ‘Don’t think it! I shall stay. A war will be exciting. ‘Who lives will see! ‘Dearest Gussie! ’ Barbara murmured. A cocked hat had been tossed on to a chair, and a gentleman in the white net pantaloons and blue frock-coat of a staff officer was sitting on the floor, busily engaged in making paper boats for Lord Temperley. Lord Temperley was standing beside him, a stern frown on his countenance betokening the rapt interest of a young gentleman just two years old.

He likes it. ’ She was quite dumbfounded by this unexpected light cast upon the proceedings at Vienna, but before she could express her astonishment her husband came into the room, and the subject was forgotten in the greeting between the brothers, and the exchange of questions. ‘You have been travelling fast,’ the Earl said, as he presently took his seat at the table. ’ ‘Yes, shockingly fast. We even had to stop for lard to grease the wheels. ’ said the Colonel, with a twinkle. ’ ‘Oh, all of us old hands remain, except perhaps March, who will probably stay with the Prince of Orange.

Don’t be absurd! ’ Barbara had taken a medicine bottle from the cupboard and was measuring some of its contents into a glass. She paused, and wrinkled her brow. ‘General Maitland? ’ ‘That’s no objection—if I want him. No, I don’t think I do. ’ ‘Good God, that would not last long! You would be for ever quarrelling. I wish you would be serious! ’ ‘Yes, yes, if I marry it must be a soldier. I am quite determined. The Army is all the rage. And when have I ever been behind the mode? Consider, too, the range of possibilities!

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