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 process - to invade extra into French territories and lay siege to Lille, the ‘pearl of its fortresses’.
He fights along the Duke of Marlborough, whose place and protection in a foreign country are threatened through politicians in England plotting his downfall – and through his outspoken and treasonous spouse, Sarah.
Meanwhile, Captain Rawson needs to cope with a brand new rival for his liked, the gorgeous Amalia Janssen, rescue his comrade-in-arms, Henry Welbeck, and keep away from trap by way of ruthless French infantrymen.
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I’ve heard it acknowledged that you simply stored the Bourbon dynasty in Spain. ’ ‘That’s an exaggeration. ’ ‘In influence, you stored King Philip at the throne there and deserve plaudits for that. ’ His face was once cut up by means of a depraved grin. ‘I’m tempted to assert you wish make no such attempt to avoid wasting one other of the king’s grandsons yet that might be too unkind. Now that his shortcomings were uncovered, the Duke of Burgundy may possibly come to his senses. ’ Berwick grew impatient. ‘I’m the following to debate your plans. ’ ‘My fast plans contain offering 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 are going to think – has been puzzled via the duke. rationalization is sought in Versailles. ’ ‘You can't waste time conversing a few conflict that’s over while extra scuffling with 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 together with his troops and was once in a position to offer disguise. Their curiosity has now shifted to Lille. ’ ‘It mustn't ever 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 with out a siege teach. Our major job needs to be to prevent it achieving him. ’ ‘It aren't transported by way of water, that’s for convinced. so long as we’re camped the following, we keep watch over the rivers and canals. that suggests it is going to cross by way of land. A siege educate of the considered necessary dimension might be numerous miles lengthy. ’ ‘That will stretch their assets to the limit,’ stated Berwick. ‘Marlborough won't be able to guard it correctly. If we intercept it, we might cease it ever achieving its vacation spot. ’ ‘If we intercept it,’ argued Vendôme, ‘we needs to do greater than easily cease it. We needs to trap as many cannon as we will be able to. Our artillery used to be gravely depleted at Oudenarde. ’ He rolled his eyes. ‘I depart you to wager whose fault that used to be. My ambition, I let you know now, is to compensate for the deadly blunders made through the Duke of Burgundy. ’ ‘France seems to us for a victory. we're in sore desire of 1. ’ ‘I held Marlborough at bay in Flanders final 12 months and also you beat the Allied forces at Almanza. among us, we have now good enough ability and event to check the enemy. ’ ‘But no longer in a pitched conflict, I fear,’ acknowledged Berwick. ‘There are alternative ways to win wars. i might dearly like to settle for hand over from Marlborough,’ acknowledged Vendôme via gritted enamel, ‘and there’s one other satisfaction I’d search. I’d prefer to trip again to Paris with the pinnacle of a undeniable Captain Daniel Rawson on a pole. ’ Daniel passed over the dagger in order that his good friend may perhaps check up on it. ‘It’s remarkable! ’ acknowledged Jonathan Ainley. ‘Apparently, it belonged to a French significant. ’ ‘He should have been blessed with wealth. A weapon like this should have expense a excessive expense. I envy you, Daniel. ’ ‘It was once a gift from an admirer.