When revolution broke out in France it was the other European monarchs who were most concerned, mainly for their own positions.
As a result, a coalition of Britain, Austria, Prussia and Spain ganged up to put the plebeian masses in their place. Except that the Duke of York’s efforts in Flanders for Britain turned into a complete disaster. This whopping and interesting book tells the story, but also touches on the implications it had around the world. A final, unintended consequence was that a junior office under the Duke of York learned how not to carry out a military campaign – something Arthur Wellesley would consequently put to good use when he faced Napoleon Bonaparte.
• Frontline Books
• ISBN 978-1-5267-4269-8
• 388 pages • Hardback • £25
By Steve Brown
Reviewed in The Armourer March 2020 issue!