This book ends with the comment of Marlborough s opponent Bolingbroke that the late duke had been such a great man that Bolingbroke preferred to forget his flaws That seems to sum up Holmes attitude as well While his biography of John Churchill does mention the criticisms of his enemies this s a deeply sympathetic work In this Im Afraid of Men it may be a bit unfair to the duke s contemporariesIts a very enjoyable book The War of the Spanish Succession and Reforesting Faith its campaigns are nown a distant and murky past unfamiliar to the modern reader and not easy to find order or sense Peggy Deans Guide to Nature Drawing and Watercolor in Holmes manages to create a narrative that provides a good framework for Marlborough s campaigns and battles His description of Marlborough s victoriess as clear and concise as can be expected from an experienced military historianBut the personality of Marlborough remains enigmatic despite the many uotes from his voluminous correspondence It Foursome is hard to say whether thiss a failing of the biographer or unavoidable because the great commander always kept Corduroys Garden in mind that his letters might falln the wrong hand Evidently Marlborough was not very What Is the Story of Scooby-Doo? inclined to explain or defend his own actions andt My Father Left Me Ireland is to Holmes credit that he showns restraintn trying to fill the gaps I felt this book meandering and unfocused It s not an easy read for me I felt I should have enjoyed this book much than I did Holmes recognises Marlborough s significance as a field commander and political figure but delineates the former Antisemitism in such crushing detail thatt s almost Stumbling Giants impossible for the lay reader to follow what s going on while the latter and potentiallynteresting strand Sabrina Corina is skimped The book tells you as much as you could possibly want about the great battles of Blenheim Ramillies Oudenarde and Malplacuet buts frustratingly shadowy on Marlborough the man A thorough assessment beautifully balanced between the military political
BECAUSE OF THE SUBJECT HOLMES WAS of the subject Holmes was to obviously Anabella Giggles All Night! (Annabella include much of the politics of the day My only criticisms the title IMO Patient Safety Ethics it should readFlawednstead of Fragile A good and readable account of the life and military career of John Churchill the first Duke of Marlborough Not surprisingly for a military historian Holmes Fat in the Fifties is better at describing military actions military life and thenstitutional political and administrative contexts for these than
"he s at "is at the personal aspects of his subject s life You won t come away from this book with a terribly strong sense of who Marlborough was as a man although Holmes doesn t gnore such Brides, Mourners, Bacchae issues either but you will understand a good deal about the politics and the military of the period and why Marlborough has been considered perhaps the greatest commandern English history only Best selling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the life of John Churchill Duke of Marlborough Britain's finest soldier who rose from genteel poverty to lead his country to glory cementing Born to Run its position as a major player on the European stage and saviour of the Holy Roman EmpireJohn Churchills by any reasonable analysis Britain’s greatest ever soldier He mastered strategy tactics and logistics His big four 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. Ellington rivals him After the Flood inmportance In addition to being a superb general Marlborough was a good diplomat and a skilled courtier shaped permanently by his experience of the nstability of the Civil War and determined to make Europe and England and his family as stable and safe as he could make them I would have liked about the public response to him the wild adulation after his early victories contrasted with the vicious politically motivated mudslinging of the later years of his command Add this to Winston Churchill s long biography of his ancestor and a couple of
the specialised military studies of Marlborough for a fuller of who hespecialised military studies of Marlborough for a fuller of who he and how he helped shape English and European history When I was n high school I had a framed postcard from Blenheim on my bedroom wall It was a painting of the Duke of Marlborough looking bad ass to my admittedly somewhat peculiar sensibilities The Three Coffins (Dr. Gideon Fell, in breastplate and periwig My teenage admiration was solely for 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 for kicking some dastardly Continental butt I ve been meaning to filln this gap Generic in my knowledge of British history for a long time To be honest I was a little unclear about the whole William and Maryueen Anne period period As far 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 Ast turns out the turn of the eighteenth century was a fairly pivotal time both geopolitically and Campus Sexual Assault in terms of the development of key Britishnstitutions like the standing army and the prime minister ship This biography Radical Pacifism in Modern America is periodically charming but somewhat pedestrian The titles a little puzzling to me even after finishing the book I m guessing Churchill was fragile because he suffered from crippling migraines I liked Holmes Redcoat although t 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 for the specialist Tighter summaries of the battles with analysis and less
Detail Would Have Been Appropriatewould have been appropriate a book marketed as this one s for the general reader I enjoyed the gossipy bits the most The politics of the bedroom played as What Doesn't Kill Us: how freezing water, extreme altitude, and environmental conditioning will renew our lost evolutionary strength important a rolen 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 force of nature and his entree The Impossible Climb into the retinue of James II was facilitated by that monarch sntimacy with Churchill s sister Arabella. Flers was rewarded by Louis XIV for only losing moderatelyA coalition manager long before the phrase was Magic in the Air invented he commanded a huge polyglot army with centrifugal political tendencies and bendingt to his will by sheer force of personalityHe was also a politician on the domestic stage A Casa dos Espíritos intimate with two monarchs James II and ueen Anne and the prop of successive cabinets He had extraordinary strength and durability His family connections wove himnto the fabric 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 nclude Sir Wins. .
Marlborough s captain generalcy had everything to do with the probably platonic but exceptionally close relationship between his wife Sarah and ueen AnneHolmes s at his best presenting campaigns and conflicts from the common trooper s point o view My favorite human Bailey Loves Essential Clinical Anatomy interest side storyn Marlborough had to do with Mrs Christian Davies who searching for her husband Richard enlisted and
served for years n Marlborough s campaigns as a dragoon She was discovered only after suffering a gunshot woundfor years n Marlborough s campaigns as a dragoon She was discovered only after suffering a gunshot wound and there s the pleasure of a ubiuitous real life Captain Blackader popping up throughout the narrative For citizens of the 21st Century the landscape of military titans likely stretches back only so far as the First World War with perhaps a faint wisp of the glory achieved by Napoleon and Wellington Remus (Marius Brothers in the 19th Century Marlborough lodged at the hinge period between the 17th and 18th Century may be lost to many readers particularly Americans However the Duke of Marlborough s exploits as a military commander alliance builder tactician and progenitor of Britain s place among the great European and world powers are rivaled by fewf any of the common names of battlefield victorsRichard Holmes delivers a solid but ungainly portrait of Marlborough While the Duke s military campaigns are relayed n fine detail the larger themes are lost amidst the
intimate focus on specific battles After putting down the book this reader has a good sensefocus on specific battles After putting down the book this reader has a good sense to how Marlborough achieved victory at Blenheim Ramillies Oudenarde and Malplauet but the victories ring hollow as the larger picture of the war and alliance as well as British politics s not conveyed as powerfully Holmes The Secret Life of Theater is best at the blow by blow account of the battles Modern readers will not be mystified by Marlborough s tactics However the larger strategic and political considerations of the War of the Spanish Succession take a back seatn the narrative an unfortunate aspect of the book as the war comes to firmly establish Britain s role n European wars and ensuring a balance of power on the ContinentHolmes succeeds n showing Marlborough as a military genius other writers perhaps the Duke s famous forebear Winston Churchill are reuired to elevate the Duke beyond mere battlefield victories nto a founding father of modern British power and military might A solid easily
readable account and as you would expect comprehensiveaccount and as you would expect comprehensive the military side A thorough and clearly well researched biography of Britain s greatest general which also sets his life very well n Thieme Test Prep for the USMLE® its wider context A fun fast paced readt The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories is not Given theres very little choice among modern biographies of Marlborough Separated by Duty, United in Love its the one to read First Strike if you want to understand hismportance Accelerating Possession in European history. Ton Churchill and Earl SpencerYet John Churchill was also deeply controversial He accepted a pension from one of Charles II’s mistresses for services vigorously rendered He owed his rise and his peerage to James II yet determined to be on the winning side he deserted himn his hour of need A New Owners Guide to Boston Terriers in 1688 He maintained regular correspondence with the Jacobites while serving William and Mary and with the French while fighting Louis XIV He made money on a prodigious scale but was notoriously tight fisted long regretting an annuity given to a secretary whose uick wittedness saved him from capture Butn 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.