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Issue 9 Summer 2015

Fortunes of War: The West Midlands at the time of Waterloo

The Napoleonic Wars (1719-1815) changed Britain and the West Midlands forever. For some people this was a time of great prosperity while others were driven into poverty.

“Fortunes of War” explores the stories of people from the region during this important time. Its publication commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo which ended this threat of Napoleon forever.

COVER STORY
Annette Dixon

INTRODUCTION
Andrew Watts and Emma Tyler

TIMELINE
1815: The Road toWaterloo
Andrew Watts and Emma Tyler

THE WEST MIDLANDS IN WAR AND PEACE
Malcolm Dick

THE GALTON FAMILY DURING THE NAPOLEONIC WARS
Jenny Uglow

A BROTHER IN EXILE: LUCIEN BONAPARTE IN THE WEST MIDLANDS
Emma Tyler

SOLDIER STORIES I – THE ANONYMOUS INFANTRY
The Rank and File
Andrew Bamford

BIRMINGHAM AND WELLINGTON’S MUSKETS
David Williams

SOLDIER STORIES II – THE JUNIOR CAVALRY OFFICER WHO BECAME A HERO
Lieutenant John Vandeleur of Worcester
Andrew Bamford

BIRMINGHAM SWORDS ON THE BATTLEFIELDS
Paul Wilcock

SOLDIER STORIES III – WELLINGTON’S MOST TRUSTED COMMANDER
General Rowland Hill of Shropshire
Nick Lipscombe

SOLDIER STORIES IV – LEGEND OF THE BRITISH CAVALRY
Field Marshal Henry William Paget of Staffordshire
Nick Lipscombe

NEWS FROM THE BATTLEFIELD
Waterloo and the West Midlands Press
Andrew Watts

NAPOLEON ON ST HELENA
A Shropshire Regiment Stands Guard
Guy Sjögren

WELLINGTON AND WATERLOO IN COMMEMORATIVE CERAMICS
Miranda Goodby

REMEMBERING WATERLOO IN THE REGIONAL LANDSCAPE
Chris Upton

PLACES TO VISIT
Waterloo in the West Midlands
Guy Sjögren

Edited by Andrew Watts and Emma Tyler

Dr Andrew Watts
Andrew Watts is Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of numerous books and articles on nineteenth-century French history and culture. His most recent book, co-authored with Kate Griffiths and entitled Adapting Nineteenth-Century France (2013), explores the ways in which different media have adapted the works of nineteenth century French writers including Balzac, Flaubert, and Zola. He is currently working on two new book projects, Rewriting ‘La Comédie humaine’: Balzac and the Practice of Literary Adaptation, and The History of French Literature on Film, which will appear with Bloomsbury in 2018.

Dr Emma Tyler
Emma Tyler is a tutor in French Studies at the University of Birmingham. She specialises in teaching French language skills and translation skills at undergraduate level, and also trains translators at postgraduate level. In a former life, she also worked as a genealogist, during which time she wrote a history of the Worcestershire residence which belonged temporarily to Lucien Bonaparte.


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Issue 9 Summer 2015