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By Edward Marston

Within the wake of victory at Oudenarde, profession soldier Captain Daniel Rawson needs to take a number one function within the Allies’ new procedure - to invade additional into French territories and lay siege to Lille, the ‘pearl of its fortresses’.

He fights along the Duke of Marlborough, whose place and protection out of the country are threatened through politicians in England plotting his downfall – and by means of his outspoken and treasonous spouse, Sarah.

Meanwhile, Captain Rawson needs to take care of a brand new rival for his liked, the gorgeous Amalia Janssen, rescue his comrade-in-arms, Henry Welbeck, and stay away from trap by way of ruthless French squaddies.

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He was once frustrated to be reminded that he used to be born at the fallacious aspect of the blanket. ‘Your achievements in Spain have further to an already gleaming reputation,’ acknowledged Vendôme, attempting to mollify him. ‘Thank you,’ acknowledged Berwick, stiffly. ‘You secured a very important victory at Almanza final yr and it up through taking Lerida. I’ve heard it acknowledged that you just kept the Bourbon dynasty in Spain. ’ ‘That’s an exaggeration. ’ ‘In impression, you stored King Philip at the throne there and deserve plaudits for that. ’ His face was once break up through a depraved grin. ‘I’m tempted to claim you would like make no such attempt to save lots of one other of the king’s grandsons yet that may be too unkind. Now that his shortcomings were uncovered, the Duke of Burgundy could come to his senses. ’ Berwick grew impatient. ‘I’m right here to debate your plans. ’ ‘My fast plans contain featuring a real account of the conflict of Oudenarde to King Louis. I’ve already despatched a few despatches yet my model of occasions – as you'll think – has been puzzled by way of the duke. explanation is sought in Versailles. ’ ‘You can't waste time speaking a few conflict that’s over whilst extra combating is at hand,’ stated Berwick, irritably. ‘When we first arrived, I’d was hoping to pose a probability to the flank and rear of Marlborough’s military, yet Prince Eugene reached Brussels along with his troops and used to be in a position to offer conceal. Their curiosity has now shifted to Lille. ’ ‘It must never be allowed to fall,’ stated Vendôme, heavily. ‘That will be a true calamity. ’ ‘The Duke of Boufflers is to supervise its defence. ’ ‘But what kind of strength can he muster? Our military is desperately in need of males. We lack the numbers to hide each eventuality. ’ ‘Marlborough can't take Lille and not using a siege educate. Our major activity needs to be to forestall it achieving him. ’ ‘It should not transported through water, that’s for convinced. so long as we’re camped right here, we regulate the rivers and canals. that suggests it's going to cross via land. A siege teach of the considered necessary measurement should be a number of miles lengthy. ’ ‘That will stretch their assets to the limit,’ acknowledged Berwick. ‘Marlborough won't be able to guard it accurately. If we intercept it, we might cease it ever attaining its vacation spot. ’ ‘If we intercept it,’ argued Vendôme, ‘we needs to do greater than easily cease it. We needs to catch as many cannon as we will. Our artillery used to be gravely depleted at Oudenarde. ’ He rolled his eyes. ‘I depart you to bet whose fault that was once. My ambition, I inform you now, is to atone for the deadly error made by way of the Duke of Burgundy. ’ ‘France seems to us for a victory. we're in sore want of 1. ’ ‘I held Marlborough at bay in Flanders final 12 months and also you beat the Allied forces at Almanza. among us, now we have good enough ability and event to check the enemy. ’ ‘But no longer in a pitched conflict, I fear,’ acknowledged Berwick. ‘There are alternative routes to win wars. i might dearly like to settle for quit from Marlborough,’ stated Vendôme via gritted tooth, ‘and there’s one other pride I’d search. I’d wish to trip again to Paris with the top of a definite Captain Daniel Rawson on a pole.

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