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The Sword and the Sketch book: A Pictorial History of Queen Victoria's Wars [Paperback]

Ian Hernon
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1 May 2012
Victoria's long and illustrious reign saw Britain ruling the world's biggest Empire - but it came at a heavy cost. A myth has grown up that apart from involvement in the Crimean, a heroic stand against Zulus at Rorke's Drift, and the Boer War which was raging as she died, this was an age of peace together with prosperity. Not a bit of it. In reality her armed forces were locked in deadly conflict across the globe, from the Punjab to New Zealand, from Abyssinia to Belize. Political journalist and military historian Ian Hernon brings to life these conflicts as they appeared to those fighting them and to those they left at home. He has brought together illustrations from the time eagerly devoured by an anxious public but largely unseen since. They show Victorian warfare in all its horror and glory together with the advances in an increasingly mechanised age to transport and supply the troops. And it pays tribute to those war artists and correspondents who risked their lives alongside the troops.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752465988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752465982
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Hernon has been a reporter since 1969, reporting from the Middle East during the mid-1970s. He is the author of "Blood in the Sand" and "Britain's Forgotten Wars."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read! 11 Aug 2012
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Ian Hernon does it again! He presents a well-researched historical work, delivered with punchy, journalistic prose. It is all too rare that one finds a book with historical depth that is also a gripping read. This book is exactly that. I highly recommend it, especially for American readers looking for a unique introduction to a fascinating point in British history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for fans of politics and history 10 Aug 2012
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This is another cracking read by Ian Hernon. Once again he brings history to life. A clear, beautifully written book with some amazing pictures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 Mar 2014
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A thoroughly informative potted history of each campaign. The icing on the cake is of course the contemporary sketches from the like of Melton Prior.
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