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Osage2017 Inactive Member02 Jun 2018 5:58 p.m. PST

Do any of you have read this book ?
There is a glowing and detailed review from Dr Stephen Summerfield on It sounds very interesting to me.
Any comments ?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 5:14 a.m. PST

I have Franklin's Vol 1. Was there ever a vol 2? If so I missed it! Must check.

(there was indeed and no-one seems to have it in stock alas)

Glover's six volume Waterloo Archive restricted itself to British and German sources, so this is different. The Hanoverian Volume obviously reproduces some well known stuff.

The text is obviously just reproducing Netherlands correspondence. There is no commentary or interpretation offered, which is perfectly reasonable. Maps are some of the best I have seen covering areas of particular Dutch/Belgian interest. The illustrations by Gerry Embleton are particularly good and more restrained than some of his work, which can be a bit comic-book on occasions, for my taste anyway.

It is a fairly short book, but I found it quite fascinating, with a definite novelty factor.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 11:28 a.m. PST

The more I think about it,…..what is this book trying to do?

What are you asking of it?

If you want an apologia of the totally ignoring of the Netherlands' contribution try "Wellington's Hidden Heroes".

If you just want to read Netherlanders' accounts (with some pinch of salt allowing for the style of the time) I found this fascinating. Every "Big name" contributes (makes me wonder about vol II). There is absolutely not one single "new" paragraph in this book…..

This is a research exercise. Essentially a data trawl. Producing stuff I would never have seen. Loved it.

Camcleod03 Jun 2018 8:23 p.m. PST

Mr. Franklin has said that Netherlands Correspondence V. 2 was released in a very limited edition.
It contains another 40 or so letters/reports.

summerfield04 Jun 2018 3:27 a.m. PST

Erwin Muilwink did most of the translations as far as I remember. These are useful accounts but as stated does not have the analysis.

Yes I agree that the illustrations are comic strip like. I was forced by the Author to remove my comments. I did not post the review and have not read it whether it was "edited."

See Erwin's three books that gives a better context.

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