Marlborough England's Fragile Genius ( read online ) BY Richard Holmes
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PROVIDES A GOOD FRAMEWORK FORa good Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls frameworkor Marlborough campaigns and battles His description of Marlborough s victories is as clear and as can be expected The Soul Of A Thief from an experienced military historianBut the personality of Marlborough remains enigmatic despite the many uotesrom his voluminous correspondence It is hard to say whether this is a Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights failing of the biographer or unavoidable because the great commander always kept in mind that his letters mightall in the wrong hand Evidently Marlborough was not very inclined to explain or defend his own actions and it is to Holmes credit that he showns restraint in trying to Secret Baby, Surprise Parents fill the gaps Because 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 A solid easily readable account and as you would expect comprehensive on the military side Ielt I should have enjoyed this book much than I did Holmes recognises Marlborough s significance as a Mystify (Mystyx, field commander and politicaligure but delineates the The New Baby former in such crushing detail that it s almost impossibleor the lay reader to Wild Streak 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 isrustratingly shadowy on Marlborough the man. Ton Churchill and Earl SpencerYet John Churchill was also deeply controversial He accepted a pension P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, from one of Charles II’s mistressesor 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 1688 He maintained regular correspondence with the Jacobites while serving William and Mary and with the French while Say Youll Stay And Marry Me fighting Louis XIV He made money on a prodigious scale but was notoriously tightisted long regretting an annuity given to a secretary whose uick wittedness saved him Rafaellos Mistress 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’ confidence. Ave been appropriateor a book marketed as this one is "for the general reader I enjoyed the gossipy bits the most "the general reader I enjoyed the gossipy bits the most politics of the bedroom played as important a role in Marlborough s meteoric rise as strategic success on the battlefield As a young
swain Churchill was the lover of Barbara Villiers erstwhile mistress of Charles II and sexual orce of natureChurchill was the lover of Barbara Villiers erstwhile mistress of Charles II and sexual orce of nature his entree into the retinue of James II was Rascal facilitated by that monarch s intimacy with Churchill s sister Arabella Marlborough s captain generalcy had everything to do with the probably platonic but exceptionally close relationship between his wife Sarah and ueen AnneHolmes is at his best presenting campaigns and conflictsrom the common trooper s point o view My avorite human interest side story in Marlborough
had to do with mrs christian davies whoto do with Mrs Christian Davies who or her husband Richard enlisted and served What Would You Like? for years in Marlborough s campaigns as a dragoon She was discovered only after suffering a gunshot wound Oh and there s the pleasure of a ubiuitous real life Captain Blackader popping up throughout the narrative This book ends with the comment of Marlborough s opponent Bolingbroke that the late duke had been such a great man that Bolingbroke preferred toorget his Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, flaws That seems to sum up Holmes attitude as well While his biography of John Churchill does mention the criticisms of his enemies this is a deeply sympathetic work In this it may be a bit unfair to the duke s contemporariesIt is a very enjoyable book The War of the Spanish Succession and its campaign. Flers was rewarded by Louis XIVor 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 Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, 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 Hisamily connections wove him into the abric 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 Marlboroughs lost their only son Jack to smallpox both their daughters married Whig grandees and their descendants include Sir Wins. When I was in high school I had a
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was a painting of the Duke of Marlborough looking bad ass to my admittedly somewhata painting of the Duke of Marlborough looking bad ass to my admittedly somewhat sensibilities in breastplate and periwig My teenage admiration was solely or his rocking personal style I knew next to nothing about him other than that he was Winston Churchill s great great something and that he d been rewarded with a huge house Grassroots Innovation for kicking some dastardly Continental butt I ve been meaning toill in this gap in my knowledge of British history Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh for a long time To be honest I was a little unclear about the whole William and Maryueen Anne period period Asar as I knew everyone relieved to have the Glorious Revolution behind them sat down with a clay pipe and a cup of coffee and got on with the the Enlightenment As it turns out the turn of the eighteenth century was a Architecture and Utopia fairly pivotal time both geopolitically and in terms of the development of key British institutions like the standing army and the prime minister ship This biography is periodically charming but somewhat pedestrian The title is a little puzzling to me even afterinishing the book I m guessing Churchill was Perfect Cities fragile because he sufferedrom crippling migraines I liked Holmes Redcoat although it too displayed a want of reuisite editing Holmes marshals a lot of evidence to support each of his points He needs to be a little selective And the blow by blow battle accounts are definitely or the specialist Tighter summaries of the battles with analysis and less detail would
Best selling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the life of John Churchill DukeBest selling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the life of John Churchill Duke Marlborough Britain's inest soldier who rose rom 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 our battles – Blenheim which saved the 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 Bof. .