Dancing into Battle

A social history of the battle of Waterloo

Hardcover: 307 pages
Orion Publishing Co; Reprint edition (2007)
19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm

‘A fascinating new perspective to one of the most famous conflicts in British military history’
Daily Telegraph

‘Foulkes has written a wonderful book. Drawing on a rish stock of memoirs from thos who fought and those who partied at Waterloo, he creates a picture that is gaudy, sad, elegant, and impeccably English’
Mail on Sunday

‘A fresh and vivid reconsideration of one of official British history’s greatest triumphs’

‘[An] entertaining chronicle…Foulkes’s description of combat is as deliciously British as his vignette of teacakes and cream’

‘Foulkes is strong on the historical side of events, most interesting is what he observes about the mythologising of the ball as it blended seamlessly into the battle’
Sunday Telegraph

‘smartly told.. an absorbing glimpse into the paddock where what we know as ‘Victorianism’ took its first tentative steps’
DJ Taylor, Financial Times

‘Foulkes manages in this book to be sports writer, crime writer and historian with equal facility’
Nick Pitt, Sunday Times

‘utterly readable.. Anyone remotely interested in
racing will love this book’
John McEntee, Daily Mail

‘Foulkes whips up a colourful broad-brush portrait of a time when, in his own words, “gentlemen condescended to race with, and be cheated by, blackguards” ‘
Miranda Seymour, Evening Standard

‘The story of their audacious plot and the personalities who unmasked it is beautifully told’
Jamie Reid, How to Spend It, Financial Times

Foulkes tells his essential story with brio and relish
Nick Clee THE LADY

‘a ripsnorting account of the beastliness that took place when inveterate, aristocratic gamblers tried to stitch up one another’

‘elegantly written, supremely entertaining’
Tim Barber CITY AM

‘Compelling slice of social history forms backdrop to the most crooked race ever run’
The Racing Post

‘The Queen Mother would have adored Nick Foulkes’ book… terribly engaging stuff’

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