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Archive Gareth Glover (Frontline Books, pounds 25) The Battle of Waterloo was a seminal moment of European history, when a coalition of British, Russian, Austrian and Prussian armies with Dutch support defeated the Imperial French army and inflicted a final defeat on Napoleon Bonaparte.

It brought 50 years of peace to a continent wracked by decades of warfare.

The events of June 1815, and the Napoleonic Wars in general, have been a favourite subject for historians ever since. This book is the first in a hardback series to be published one every year until the 200th anniversary in 2015. This first volume focuses on the British sources and it's all new - previously unpublished letters and journals on the Waterloo campaign and the subsequent occupation of France.

Aside from an introduction and a brief scene-setting summary of the historical background, these are the warts and all accounts of people who were actually there, drawn from private collections and forgotten archives. These are enlivened by 22 line drawings, again previously unpublished, that illustrated the famous Waterloo journal by Captain Alexander Mercer, and eight rare colour plates of the battlefield from 1817.

It's a superb collection of material that will absorb to the knowledgeable and the newcomer alike. The Waterloo Archive Volume Two - the German Sources, will be published in July.

also published in Wales...

Celebrating the Welsh Princes by Elin Meek (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, pounds 6.95) starts with the Britons and moves on to key figures in the Welsh royal line - from Cunedda to Owain Glyndwr. It's all set out brightly and accessibly and and it's much more than a child's history book. There are things to do, like making a model of a medieval catapult or designing costumes and coats of arms, poems - including a paean of praise for Duffy - pictures of modern Welsh heroes like Ryan Giggs and Joe Calzaghe and explanations of how Welsh surnames were made. A perfect present for St David's Day.

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Date:Feb 27, 2010
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