These are the commonly known facts about the Iron Duke, but in this remarkable investigation into the life of Britain’s greatest general, we learn so much more about Wellington as a person, through the objects, large and small, that marked key episodes in his personal, military and public life. Renowned historian Gareth Glover details Wellington’s family background in Ireland, his early military career, his one-and-only meeting with Nelson, his campaigns in Flanders, the Iberian Peninsula and Waterloo. What we also learn is of his difficult marriage – and his scandalous womanizing, even bedding the same woman as Napoleon – and his strained relationship with his two boys.
His political career was a controversial one, including his fight to pass the Catholic Emancipation Bill and of a period of three months when he ran the government by himself because he refused to appoint any Cabinet ministers!
Packed with more than 150 full-color photographs, The Duke of Wellington in 100 Objects will show the world the objects he touched, or which touched him, in the life of one of the most outstanding characters Britain has ever produced.
"The Duke of Wellington in 100 Objects is generously illustrated with photographs and contemporary images to illustrate all aspects of his life: from his military career, his family life, his political activities, to his final years. It is a veritable encyclopaedia of his life with entries illustrated with images some of which I have not seen before. It is a book that covers all aspects of his story and makes for a valuable addition to any library on the subject." ~The Napoleon Series