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An Infamous Army: A Novel of Love, War, Wellington and Waterloo Paperback – 1 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402210078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402210075
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,257,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My favourite historical novelist - stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours" (Margaret Drabble)

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph)

"Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Battle of Waterloo. A heart-racing tale of adventure, love and fate against the backdrop of one of the most decisive battles in history by one of the greatest and best-selling romantic novelists of all time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An Infamous Army" is an excellent Heyer romance which takes place during the tense times before Waterloo, which battle is the climax of the book. Heyer's accounts of Wellington's handling of the war and of the battle itself are absolutely gripping reading---intricately detailed and painstakingly researched. "An Infamous Army" is a historical romance on an entirely different scale from most of Heyer's other novels; even those who ordinarily avoid romance should definitely read this one.
Of course, there is romance: between the Lady Barbara Childe, a member of the Alastair family from "These Old Shades" and "Devil's Cub", and Charles Audley, from "Regency Buck". It's not a sequel to those books, but several characters reappear, particularly Judith from "Regency Buck", who is here one of the major points-of-view.
Heyer's magnum opus, and a great read.
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Maybe, like me, the prospect of reading long descriptions of battle scenes were not what you had in mind when picking up a Heyer novel. Well don't be put off. This is Georgette Heyer at her very best. Her characters are as well-written and attractive as ever. Charles Audley is charming, and you do wonder, along with his family, whether he has taken leave of his senses in deciding that Lady Barbara is the woman for him. She is easily the worst-behaved, most far from perfect of Heyer's heroines. Fortunately she knows it, and during the course of the story, the reader comes to see that she is honest and brave despite her many faults. The rising tension as the battle approaches is very well conveyed. So that by the time that it starts, your interest in Charles's fate, as well as that of several other endearing characters, would have carried you through, whatever the quality of the description. However, I found the battle scenes the most gripping part of the story. She manages to convey very accurately (so I am told), ever detail of the day, in such a way that I didn't want to put the book down until the end. The terrible loss of life at Waterloo is made so much more heart-breaking by your interest in the characters that you have come to like by this stage. Absolutely brilliant.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2007
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This is atypical of Heyer's work in that it focuses predominantly on the history, rather than the romance. Having said that, it is unmistakeably Heyer. Feisty heroine, dashing hero and some fine humour to sustain it. It is history heavy however, and if you're not keen on the minutiae of military history I suggest you steer clear, and if you're looking for an introduction to Heyer I suggest you start elsewhere and come back to this when you're truly hooked. Apparently the historical detail in this book is accurate to such a degree that her work is used to teach students about Waterloo. Never having studied it, I can't comment for the veracity. It is however, an interesting book, although not one of my favourites.
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Georgette Heyer was the master of historical fiction, particularly in the Regency era. 'An Infamous Army' focuses rather more on historical events than the romance than most of her other novels, its central theme being the description of the Battle of Waterloo and the events leading up to it.

The main characters in this story are Colonel Charles Audley and Lady Barbara Childe; Charles Audley appeared as the younger brother of Lord Worth in "Regency Buck" and Barbara Childe is the grandaughter of Dominic and Mary from "Devil's Cub". There has been a slight fudging of historical dates to fit these characters in but it is interesting to read more of Lord Worth and Judith's marriage in this story as parts of the book are told from Judith's point of view. Many readers may find Barbara Childe a rather unsympathetic character, her wild behaviour and rather cavalier treatment of Charles Audley can be hard to stomach; however, as the book continues and the battle takes place she shows more depth to her character, despite her faults. Charles's instant attraction to her isn't always understandable but in some ways the love story in this book feels very much as a hook upon which to pin the main thrust of the book, the battle itself.

The romance in the story is definitely subsidiary to the historical events which are described with an excellent attention to detail. The way that society in Brussels continued its usual round of Balls and Soirées as the French troops drew nearer was fascinating, as were the portrayals of several historical characters, not least the Duke of Wellington, the horror and agony of war and the real possibility that Napoleon's troops might have prevailed.
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Have not read a Georgette Heyer since my teens, (a long time ago), only tempted by this as going through a passion for all things Wellington and Peninsula Wars, so thought I would give it a go. Not being remotely into Regency Romances, Chiclit, or any sort of historical romance, thought I would start first sentence and chuck in bin! No chance. Having just finished it, it is truly the most brilliant book I have read in a long time! Beautifully written, totally evocative of the period leading up to Waterloo, and the loss of all things frivolous and stilted, (reminded so much of period before 1st WW). the descriptions of the battle day itself, horrendous and moving and minutely detailed. Yes a romance threading through it, but not annoying, and really a peg to hang a brilliant story. Absolutely fabulous, loved it from first page to the last! I can't decide though if a womans' book, or not, perhaps it might be, as it shows the horror and sadness & loss of war, through a woman's eyes, rather than being a gung ho adventure, but no bad thing.
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