I was a little surprised, not long ago, to read the following:
“A recent survey of 2,070 people conducted by the National Army Museum indicated that 73 per cent of Britons had little or no knowledge of the Battle of Waterloo, believing variously that it was won by the French, involved Winston Churchill or the wizard Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books.” It appeared in this piece on the recreation, for the 200th anniversary of the battle, of the Duke of Wellington’s victory banquet.
Still, I know that those of us who've written Regency and Romantic era fiction aren't the only ones for whom the battle of 18 June 1815 looms large. Here is the Battle of Hougoumont in Legos.
Here is a man who’s painted thousands of soldiers. Books and films and videos abound. But if you aren't clear about what happened and why it mattered, you might want to spend a few minutes watching this Epic History: Battle of Waterloo.
Update: Mea culpa! I failed to give credit to Number One London, who called the Legos battle (and many other Waterloo objects of interest) to my attention.
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