From the Ballroom to the Battlefield: British Women and Waterloo

TitleFrom the Ballroom to the Battlefield: British Women and Waterloo
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKennedy, Catriona
EditorForrest, Alan, Karen Hagemann, and Jane Rendall
Book TitleSoldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1790-1820
Pagination137 - 156
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke, UK ; New York
Abstract

This book chapter in the edited volume "Soldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1790-1820" with  essays that discuss the formative experience of the  French Reolutionary and Napoleoinc War (1792-1815)  for men and women, as soldiers, citizens and civilians, focuses on the small number of officers wives and other women present in Brussels during the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. It was common that officers wives accompanied their spouses on campaigns, they usually stayed in the quarters during battle. Several of the British women and officers wives present in Brussels and Amsterdam, who had participated in a ball organized in Brussles by the wife of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, the British army leader,  before the battle started, helped after this decisive and bloody battle, in which Napoleons Army was defeated by britsh and Prussian troops, voluntarily with the care for the sick and wounded soldiers.

URLhttps://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/9780230583290_8
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