In Love and War: The Lives and Marriage of General Harry and Lady Smith

In Love and War: The Lives and Marriage of General Harry and Lady Smith

by David Rooney, Michael Scott


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ISBN-13: 9781844158409
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Rooney saw war service in India and West Africa as a Captain in the Queen's Royal Regiment. After the war he read history at Keble College, Oxford, and went on to a teaching career in Belfast, Germany and England, including four years as a Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and continues to lecture and write.

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KDGeorge on LibraryThing 18 days ago
A great read, bringing a long and fascinating story to life. If it was fiction it wouldn¿t be believed. Part love story, part military and empire history, In Love & War tracks the life of Harry Smith, a 25 year old Captain in Wellington¿s Peninsula Army, and his young Spanish bride, Juana, rescued from the charred remains of Badajoz in 1812 after a bloody assault and drunken rampage by British troops. Smith was a favourite of Wellington and the Iron Duke consented to give the bride away at the wedding, a mere two weeks after the battle. Juana followed Harry to war whenever it was allowed, sleeping rough and coping with the rigours of campaigning. His was a stellar army career. He survived Waterloo (where Juana searched among the dead and wounded of the battlefield for him after being mistakenly told he had fallen...) and fought with distinction in America, South Africa and India. He was divisional commander at the battle of Aliwal against the Sikhs, seen by many military historians as ¿the perfect battle¿. Lauded by Queen Victoria and the British press as ¿The Hero of Aliwal¿ Sir Harry and Lady Smith returned to South Africa as Governor of Cape Province. The cities of Ladysmith and Harrysmith are named after them. His later career was more controversial as political decisions were often more complex than those of the battlefield. Juana became the inspiration for Georgette Heyer¿s novel ¿The Spanish Bride¿. Harry Smith is believed to be the model for Gilbert and Sullivan¿s ¿Modern Major-General¿. Five stars.