Waterloo

France will always have a love-hate relationship with its heroes

23 May 2020 9:00 am

The French have a love-hate relationship with heroes. For the great 19th-century historian Jules Michelet, the French Revolution was supposed…

Old-school Sunday-night family viewing: ITV's Belgravia reviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The world may be going to hell in a handcart but some things remain reassuringly unchanged: Julian Fellowes period dramas…

The assassination attempt on Napoleon, in the Rue Saint-Nicaise, Christmas Eve 1800

The history of Britain’s secret war on Napoleon is astonishing, inspiring and disturbing

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Laws and sausages, we know, are better not seen in the making; and neither are ‘black ops’. Waterloo may have…

Battle of Waterloo (Photo: Getty)

A lull in hostilities for Matthew Hervey

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Allan Mallinson’s historical series concerning Matthew Hervey, the well-bred, thoughtful soldier, details a world where men are practical and not…

‘Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington’, 1829, by Sir Thomas Lawrence

Wellington's PR machine

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The history of portraiture is festooned with images of sitters overwhelmed by dress, setting and the accoutrements of worldly success.…

‘Chelsea pensioners reading the Waterloo Dispatch’ by Sir David Wilkie

From prince to pauper: a dramatic overview of Britain on 18 June 1815

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Of all the big battalions of books marking the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo that have come my way,…

How Napoleon won at Waterloo

5 July 2014 9:00 am

If you visit Waterloo today, there’s no question which general comes out on top

The men who invented Napoleon

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Writing about Napoleon is a risky business. It exposes the author to the brickbats of the blind worshippers for whom…