'The Scum of the Earth'

'The Scum of the Earth' What Happened to the Real British Heroes of Waterloo?

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Synopsis

The Scum Of The Earth follows common soldiers - those whom Wellington angrily condemned as 'scum' for their looting at Vitoria - from victory at Waterloo to a Regency Britain at war with itself: James Graham, an Irishman hailed as the bravest man in the British army for his actions in closing the north gate at Hougoumont, forced to plead for charity on his return to Britain; John Lees, a spinner from Oldham who met his end at Peterloo in 1819 - sabred by the same cavalry with which he had served his country; and countless others. Colin Brown skilfully dismantles the myth that the defeat of Napoleon ended the threat of revolution spreading from France. Wellington's 'scum' may have won peace in Europe for fifty years, but at home, repression and revolution were in the air, and by 1848 the whole of Europe was once more set for complete upheaval. The picture that emerges is a very different one from the traditional view of elegant Regency Britain.

Book information

ISBN: 9780750989176
Publisher: The History Press
Imprint: The History Press
Pub date:
Edition: New edition 2
DEWEY: 940.2742092241
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 274g
Height: 129mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 25mm