An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and by Georgette Heyer

By Georgette Heyer

At the eve of conflict, passions are operating high... ''A excellent achievement...vivid, actual, dramatic...the description of Waterloo is magnificent.''-DAILY MAIL ''My favourite historic novelist.''-MARGARET DRABBLE in the summertime OF 1815, with Napolean Bonaparte marching down from the north, Brussels is a whirlwind of events, balls and soirees. within the swirling social scene surrounding the Duke of Wellington and his noble aides de camp, nobody draws extra cognizance than the gorgeous, outrageous younger widow woman Barbara Childe. On their first assembly, rushing Colonel Charles Audley proposes to her, yet even their betrothal does not calm her wild habit. eventually, with the conflict of Waterloo raging simply miles away, civilians fleeing and the wounded pouring again into the city, woman Barbara discovers the place her center relatively lies, and prefer a real noblewoman, she rises to the party, and to the calls for of affection, existence and war... ''Wonderful characters, stylish, witty writing, excellent interval element, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the remainder of us simply aspire to.'' -KATIE FFORDE

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The Earl took snuff with a wonderful air of abstraction. Help came from an unexpected quarter. Those standing by the door fell back; the orchestra struck up William of Nassau; the King and Queen of the Netherlands had arrived. There could be no question of performing introductions at such a moment. As the ushers came in, the crowd parted, till an avenue was formed; their Majesties were announced; every lady sank in a deep curtsy; and in walked King William, a stout gentleman, with his stout Queen beside him, and behind him his two sons.

She began, but broke off as her gaze followed his. It was quite obvious whom Colonel Audley was staring at. He was staring at a vision in palest green satin draped in a cloud of silver net. The Lady Barbara Childe had arrived, and was standing directly beneath a huge chandelier, just inside the ballroom. The candlelight touched her hair with fire, and made the emerald spray she wore in it gleam vividly. The heavy folds of satin clung to her form, and clearly revealed the long, lovely line of a leg, a little advanced beyond its fellow.

Any man might congratulate himself on acquiring such a bride. These reflections were interrupted by the necessity of exchanging civilities with the Marquise d’Assche. Judith turned from her presently to find Miss Devenish waiting to engage her attention. ‘Dear Lady Worth,’ said Miss Devenish, ‘you know everyone, I believe. Only tell me who is that beautiful creature come into the room with Lady Vidal. ’ said Judith, smiling with a little amusement. ‘I had no idea that she was back in Brussels! ’ breathed Miss Devenish.

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