Battle for Europe: How the Duke of Marlborough Masterminded the Defeat of France at Blenheim

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  • Title: Battle for Europe: How the Duke of Marlborough Masterminded the Defeat of France at Blenheim
  • Author: Charles Spencer
  • ISBN: 9780471719960
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. Battle for Europe by Charles Spencer is a riveting account of the great battle fought at Blenheim between Allied forces under the command of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and the French Army of Louis XIV on August 13, 1704 This is a splendidly told story, not only covering this pivotal battle but the events leading up to it and the main characters involved, including my favourite, Prince Eugene of Savoy This battle possibly changed the course of European history with the near destruction [...]


  2. Charles Spenser is certainly correct in his assertion that the Battle of Blenheim is one of the important battles of history that is not well remembered today This is surprising in the English speaking world since it was an English commander in charge, and English troops played an important part in the battle.I m not so sure how much I can go for his subtitle, How Two Men Stopped The French Conquest Of Europe , however It s not just a tag put on by the publisher, as it is certainly an idea pre [...]


  3. A fascinating look at the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 18th century, with the decisive Battle of Blenheim in 1704 taking centre stage, and the history s protagonists being the heroic Prince Eugene of Savoy and Britain s military champion, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough Ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill The book follows their campaigns against France s Louis XIV, the Sun King, and his ambitions to dominate Europe, and paints Blenheim as a seminal moment in Britain s history, as [...]



  4. Spencer achieves what many historians fail to do he writes in a very readable manner that captures your interest from start to finish His work reads almost like an adventure yarn pacy,thrilling, a page turner but never losing sight of the basic requirement of any historic account and that is to be clear, concise and informative For the layman an excellent introduction to what lay behind the War of the Spanish Succession and how one of the greatest battles in history was planned and won.


  5. An enjoyable read about a little known battle Kudos to the author for this well written book The wars of Spanish Succession are a little known event in this day and age, however the author did a good job of pointing out how pivotal this war and specifically Blenheim was in changing the balance of power in Europe I found the narrative to be engaging and entertaining, as well as informative A good book.


  6. A fascinating readA very well written account of an important but obscure European war A great attention to detail really brings the story to life This book has me excited to tackle Churchill s volumes on Marlborough.


  7. An excellent account of the batte and the war to that point.Spencer deals with the history leading up to the battle in great detail, sometimes to the level of slowing the narrative considerable One cannot but admire however, the research that went into it.


  8. The rise of England s militaryThe Duke of Marlborough and Eugene, Prince of Savoy saved Europe from French domination Two of the great military minds of their age, the lessons they laid on the battlefields of Europe are still studied today This book is well worth reading.


  9. ThoroughAn excellent overview of the importance of the battle, and of the time and social forces in play at the time.


  10. It is a great episode in European History but the author fails to capture it captivatingly The chronology seems inconsistent That s why 3 stars


  11. This happened by accident I read two books in a row by the same author I was very excited to read this book because I had heard of the Duke of Marlborough and the Battle of Blenheim, but didn t know much about them The last book I read was fast paced and interesting, so I hoped for of the same I was not disappointed It was exciting and did a good job of putting the man and battle in its historical context My problem with the book is the bias of the author I did not realize Charles Spencer was m [...]


  12. I was deceived by the title This book follows much in the footsteps of Marlborough rather than telling the story of the battle In addition whilst the author gives full credit to the role of Prince Eugene the second of the two men the imperial perspective is not fully developed This is primarily an english account.As a battle account this book is inferior to Peter Englunds fantastic The Battle that Shook Europe about the 1709 battle of Poltava and Michael Shaaras The Killer Angels In that these [...]


  13. Another excellent history book by Charles Spencer he really knows how to bring major historical episodes to life I enjoyed his detailed background into the history which led to the Blenheim, and the various historical figures who played a part in bringing Louis XIV s expansionism to an end The only thing I didn t agree with was his stating that Queen Anne s son, William, Duke of Gloucester died from smallpox From what I gathered from my own research, the physicians who attended the prince in his [...]


  14. Well researched, of course, and reasonably well told, with lots of quotes from the diaries of soldiers and whatnot, but the book failed to convince me of the importance of the battle the author claimed was history making, and the last third of the book dragged badly Spencer, I have noticed, tends to write overly positive accounts of his subjects, without really acknowledging their flaws or weaknesses After this and Prince Rupert, I probably won t read anything else by him.


  15. This book is teaching me than I knew before about the Blenheim campaign It ties in nicely with the history podcasts I listen to.I was amused to learn that while in the French service at the siege of Maastricht John Churchill, the future Duke of Marlborough, served with the Count d Artagnan who died there Yes, that d Artagnan.


  16. I was a little sceptical given this is written by one of his family, but actually its pretty good at explaining the complexities of the period and when it gets to the battle does a good job of analysis I did so long for some maps to explain where things were and also to give the sense of the battle s flow.


  17. Important History undone by politicsI enjoyed this book Koop t d opp especially not masterworks in describing the great achievement as of the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene and the significance of their victory, which was the start of France s fall from Europe a n predominance and the start of England s ascendance.


  18. What an amazing battle A frontal attack, across a river, against a superior force larger, better equipped, better trained and he routed them through sheer audacity and brilliant general ship


  19. Aside from hero worship of Marlborough and a few tedious digressions, this book is a nice overview of the War of Spanish Succession anf a detailed account of the 1704 campaign.


  20. I m not sure if Charles Spencer would consider himself a historian or an amateurbut this book is both well written and extremely interesting.



  21. I really enjoyed this book and learned a ton of course I didn t know anything about the Battle of Blenheim before reading this Written by Princess Di s brother Charles Spencer Well written.


  22. Excellent overview of the Danube campaign and Marlborough s entry onto the world stage with enough credit given to Eugene of Savoy without whom the campaign would never have been possible.