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Great and Glorious Days, James Falkner

Great and Glorious Days, James Falkner

Marlborough's Battles 1704-09: Schellenberg, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet

This book has a very simple focus - the campaigns and battles of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. After a chapter devoted to Marlborough's early life and a chapter explaining the background to his wars, we go straight into his first major campaign, ending three chapters later at Blenheim. Each campaign and each battle is examined in some detail.

This focus is the book's big strength. Falkner examines each of Marlborough's battles, picking out the critical points of each one. Each account is supported by at least one clear map. In a nice touch Falkner also desribes the modern battlefields, very useful for anyone looking to visit the site of one of Marlborough's victories.

This is a very well written work that helps to explain the victories of one of Britain's greatest generals.

Author: James Falkner
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 264
Publisher: Spellmount
Year: James Falkner



Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles 170409 by James Falkner(2008-09-01) Paperback – 1 January 2008

I find the lace and flower era interesting. This era constitutes the beginning of the modern army and nation state. We see the beginings of national uniforms, the rise of common drill, and standardized equipment. It is resplendent with colorful, full skirted coats with lace trim and bright colors, tall miter caps, periwigs, and just as colorful personalities. It begins with the rise of Great Britain and sets in motion the decline of France from the dominant European land power of Louis XIV which ultimately ended with the French Revolution.

This book is a good overview of the campaigns of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough. This is a readable, straight forward account. It does not introduce anything new so much as it presents Marlborough's battles in a concise, understandable manner. For the price, it is a good buy. However, I bought this book along with James Falkner's "Marlborough's Battlefields." Except for the organization of the book, there is really no significant difference between the two. I suspect Falkner's books on specific battles are little more than chapters lifted and repackaged but am unwilling to spend any more money to find out. Having said all that, if you are interested in the era, this is a good first step then try one of the more detailed books on the market to get into greater detail. I recommend that you pick one or the other of his books and go with it.


Falkner, J: Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles: Schellenberg, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet Paperback – Geïllustreerd, 1 september 2008

I find the lace and flower era interesting. This era constitutes the beginning of the modern army and nation state. We see the beginings of national uniforms, the rise of common drill, and standardized equipment. It is resplendent with colorful, full skirted coats with lace trim and bright colors, tall miter caps, periwigs, and just as colorful personalities. It begins with the rise of Great Britain and sets in motion the decline of France from the dominant European land power of Louis XIV which ultimately ended with the French Revolution.

This book is a good overview of the campaigns of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough. This is a readable, straight forward account. It does not introduce anything new so much as it presents Marlborough's battles in a concise, understandable manner. For the price, it is a good buy. However, I bought this book along with James Falkner's "Marlborough's Battlefields." Except for the organization of the book, there is really no significant difference between the two. I suspect Falkner's books on specific battles are little more than chapters lifted and repackaged but am unwilling to spend any more money to find out. Having said all that, if you are interested in the era, this is a good first step then try one of the more detailed books on the market to get into greater detail. I recommend that you pick one or the other of his books and go with it.


Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles 1704-09 Paperback – Illustrated, 1 October 2007

I find the lace and flower era interesting. This era constitutes the beginning of the modern army and nation state. We see the beginings of national uniforms, the rise of common drill, and standardized equipment. It is resplendent with colorful, full skirted coats with lace trim and bright colors, tall miter caps, periwigs, and just as colorful personalities. It begins with the rise of Great Britain and sets in motion the decline of France from the dominant European land power of Louis XIV which ultimately ended with the French Revolution.

This book is a good overview of the campaigns of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough. This is a readable, straight forward account. It does not introduce anything new so much as it presents Marlborough's battles in a concise, understandable manner. For the price, it is a good buy. However, I bought this book along with James Falkner's "Marlborough's Battlefields." Except for the organization of the book, there is really no significant difference between the two. I suspect Falkner's books on specific battles are little more than chapters lifted and repackaged but am unwilling to spend any more money to find out. Having said all that, if you are interested in the era, this is a good first step then try one of the more detailed books on the market to get into greater detail. I recommend that you pick one or the other of his books and go with it.


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Blenheim Preparation: The English Army - Collected Essays

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The Wargame Shed

Having read and enjoyed both the books by James Faulkner in the Battleground Marlborough series (Blenheim 1704 and Ramillies 1706), I decided to move Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles 1704-09 by the same author up my reading list.

This book is written in the same very readable style as the other two books and covers the Marlborough's major campaigns of the War of the Spanish Succession. As you would expect it includes the storming of the Schellenberg and the battles of Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.

Having read the other two books the earlier sections cover the same ground and whilst not identical are unsurprisingly very similar. The other campaigns and battles are covered to a equivalent level and suffer (from a wargamer's perspective) from not having a little more detail on the units and orders of battle.

This is certainly a good introduction to Marlborough and is very accessible. I enjoyed it but am now looking for something with that greater level of detail.


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Blenheim, Ramilles , Oudenarde, Malplaquet &ndash much has been written about the brilliant victories of the Duke of Marlborough's Anglo-Dutch army over the armies of Louis XIV of France during the War of the Spanish Succession. Less attention has been focused on the men and the military organization that made these achievements possible - the soldiers, the commanders, the army structure and administration, the logistics, engineering, weapons and finance. That is why James Falkner's penetrating account of the composition and operation of Marlborough's army is of such value. His clear analysis gives a fascinating insight into Marlborough's war machine and into the conduct of war in Europe 300 years ago.

Marlborough’s War Machine (1702-1711) is an excellent addition to a growing collection of first rate books about Marlborough by James Falkner. He has previously dissected Marlborough’s career from various other angles – this gives an obvious depth to his knowledge.

This book hits a more niche market but hits it well. The book is very well written, with a smooth style that is easy going on the reader: one should not underestimate the skill required to make what can sometimes be regarded as dry material, easily digestible without losing meaning and a depth of analysis.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it, particularly if you are embarking on a visit to the battlefields of the War of the Spanish Succession.

Army Rumour Service

This perceptively written book tells us about the war machine that backed up Marlborough's strategic and tactical genius. An excellent book.

Classic Arms and Militaria

James Falkner's clear analysis gives a fascinating insight into Marlborough's war machine.

Skirmish Magazine

The author, having written a number of books on the period, knows his subject and this certainly shows in this, his latest contribution to the history of the British army in the early 18th century.

Military Modelling Magazine

James Falkner is a leading writer on seventeenth and eighteenth-century warfare and he has made a special study of the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713) and the military exploits of the Duke of Marlborough. His book, Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles 1704-1709, is one of the outstanding studies of the subject. A former British army infantry officer, he has frequently led tours of the major eighteenth-century battlefields. His most recent books include battlefield guides to Blenheim 1704 and Ramillies 1706, Marlborough Goes to War: Eyewitness Accounts 1702-1713, Marlborough's Sieges, Marlborough's Battlefields, and Fire Over the Rock: The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783.


Where can I study the campaigns of John Churchill, Turenne, Louis, Grand Conde, and more?

For Marlborough there is quite a bit of literature, I recommend starting with David G. Chandler's works on the man.

Who do you have in mind with "more".

Wish I was at West Point

For Marlborough there is quite a bit of literature, I recommend starting with David G. Chandler's works on the man.

Who do you have in mind with "more".

I am bias because I new David Chandler towards the end of his life but I recommend his books

1990 – The Art of Warfare in the Age of Marlborough.

1979 – Marlborough as Military Commander.

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Gustavus Adolphus:
Gustavus Adolphus by T. A. Dodge*

Turenne:
Marshal Turenne by T. Longueville

Eugene of Savoy:
Prince Eugene of Savoy by G. B. Malleson
Prince Eugene of Savoy by D. McKay
Prince Eugen of Savoy by N. Henderson

Marlborough:
Marlborough as Military Commander by D. G. Chandler
Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles by J. Falkner
Marlborough: England's Fragile Genius by R. Holmes

For Spanish commanders (El Gran Capitan, Alba, Parma, Spinola) @martin76 may be able to help (when he gets back from suspension that is).

For Dutch commanders (Maurice of Nassau, Frederick-Henry of Nassau) @Willempie.

Also, most of the above books are available online at archive.org or Google Books, you just have to dig a bit.

*It naturally covers Tilly and Wallenstein as they went against Gustavus and additionally explores the notable campaigns of the generals who came after the Swedish King (namely Cromwell, Turenne, Conde, Marlborough, Eugene of Savoy and Karl XII). A good starting point.


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A detailed history of a pivotal, bloody battle in a clash of European dynasties, with illustrations included. The Battle of Fontenoy marked a turning point in the War of the Austrian Succession, yet it has rarely been analyzed in depth and the Europe-wide conflict in which it played a part is little understood. James Falkner, in this perceptive and original account, puts the record straight by describing the fighting in graphic detail and setting it in the context of the sequence of wars that determined the shape of Europe during the eighteenth century. Great Britain, with her Austrian and …mehr


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