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[Reading] ➶ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius ➬ Richard Holmes – Citybreakscheap.co.uk Best selling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the life of John Churchill Duke of Marlborough Britain's finest soldier who rose from genteel poRlboroughs lost their only son Jack to smallpox both their daughters married Whig grandees and their descendants include Sir Winston Churchill and Earl SpencerYet 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 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 uick 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 soldiers’ confidenc

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E Holy Roman Empire Ramilies Oudenarde and Malplauet – 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 suat and energetic Bofflers was rewarded by Louis XIV for only losing moderatelyA 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 personalityHe was also a politician on the domestic stage intimate with two monarchs James II and ueen Anne and the prop of successive cabinets He had extraordinary strength and durability His family connections wove him into the fabric of Europe his sister Arabella was James II’s mistress and their son James Duke of Berwick was one of Louis XIV’s most successful commanders Although the Ma

ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap See this thread for informationRichard Holmes was Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield Marlborough England's PDF/EPUB or University and the Royal Military College of Science He was educated at Cambridge Northern Illinois and Reading Universities and carried out his doctoral research on the French army of the Second Empire For many years he taught military history at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst A celebrated military historian Richard Holmes is the author of the best selling and widely acclaimed Tommy and Redcoat The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket His dozen other books include Dusty Warriors Sahib The Western Front The Little Field Marshal Sir John French The Road to Sedan Firing Line The Second World War in Photographs and Fatal Avenue A Traveller’s History of Northern France and Flanders also published by PimlicoHe was general editor of The Oxford Companion to Military History and has presented eight BBC TV series including ‘War Walks’ ‘The Western Front’ and ‘Battlefields’ and is famous for his hugely successful series ‘Wellington The Iron Duke’ and ‘Rebels and Redcoats’.

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Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusReading Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Richard Holmes Citybreakscheapcouk Best selling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the life of John Churchill Duke of Marlborough Britain's finest soldier who rose from genteel po Best selling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the Marlborough England's PDFEPUB or life of John Churchill Duke of Marlborough 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 EmpireJohn Churchill is by any reasonable analysis Britain’s greatest ever soldier He mastered strategy tactics and logistics His big four battles – Blenheim which saved th

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  • James

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusWhen I was in high school I had a framed postcard from Blenheim on my bedroom wall It was a painting of the Duke of Marlborough looking bad a


  • Stephen

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusA thorough assessment beautifully balanced between the military political


  • Emmanuel Gustin

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusThis book ends with the comment of Marlborough's opponent Bolingbroke that the late duke had been such a great man that Bolingbroke preferred to forget his flaws That seems to sum up Holmes' attitude as well While his biography of


  • Stephen Morrissey

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusFor citizens of the 21st Century the landscape of military titans likely stretches back only so far as the First World War with perhaps a faint wisp of the glory achieved by Napoleon and Wellington in the 19th Century Marlborough lodged at the hinge period between the 17th and 18th Century may be lost to many readers particularly Americans However the Duke of Marlborough's exploits as a military commander alliance builder tactician and progenitor of Britain's place among the great European and world powers are rivaled by few if any of the common names of battlefield vi


  • Everett Sharp

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusBecause of the subject Holmes was reuired to obviously include much of the politics of the day My only criticism is the title IMO it should readFlawed instead of Fragile


  • Eve

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusI felt this book meandering and unfocused It's not an easy read for me


  • S. D. Howarth

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusA solid easily readable account and as you would expect comprehensive on the military side


  • Leslie

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusA good and readable account of the life and military career of John Churchill the first Duke of Marlborough Not surprisingly for a military historian Holmes is better at describing military actions military life and the institutional pol


  • Tim Stretton

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusI felt I should have enjoyed this book much than I did Holmes recognises Marlborough's significance as a field commander and political figure but delineates the former in such crushing detail that it's almost impossible for the lay reader to follow what's going on while the latter and potentially interesting strand is skimped The book tells you as much as you could possibly want about the great battles of Blenheim Ramillies Oudenarde and Malplacuet but is frustratingly shadowy on Marlborough the man


  • Simon Bradley

    ePub ✓ Marlborough England's Fragile Genius Hardcover Ñ citybreakscheap Marlborough England's Fragile GeniusA thorough and clearly well researched biography of Britain's greatest general which also sets his life very well in its wider context A fun fast paced read it is not Given there is very little choice among modern biographies of Marlborough it is the one to read if you want to understand his importance in European history