MALLINSON, Allan Matthew Hervey series)
Title: Rumours of War. signed. 1st UK in dj.
Publisher:  Bantam Press, London, 2004, ISBN:059304729x
Seller ID: 75498
MALLINSON, Allan. Rumours of War . London: Bantam Press, (2004). First UK Printing. Pp. [i]-viii,-405,(3). Map endpapers. 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "1826: Napoleon Bonaparte is dead, the Congress of Vienna's work is done, and there is peace in Europe. However, in Portugal there is the scent of civil war in the air following the death of King John VI. And with Spain, and perhaps even France, threatening to take sides, England's historic treaty with Portugal is set to be invoked. Newly returned from India, Matthew Hervey joins a party of officers sent to make an assessment and lend support to the Portuguese regent. His place on the expedition is secured with the help and influence of his new friend, Lady Katherine Greville. But the Peninsula is a place redolent with memories. For it was hereas a seventeen-year-old cornet that Hervey had his first taste of action. The French had forged the British army into a gruelling and ignominious retreat until, under the leadership of Sir John Moore, they made a defiant stand at Corunna. In the epic battle that followed, Hervey and the Sixth LightDragoons played their part in one of the Napoleonic War's most famous mili tary scences. As the wave of the French onslaught broke against the solid rock of British resolve, the tide of war was turned once and for all in England's favour. Now, with the Spanish threatening the fortress at Elvas, Hervey must make ready for battle once again. But it is not only Spanish aggression and ghosts from his past that Matthew must confront. Lady Katherine has arrived in the Peninsula, and with very determined intentions." - from the dj. Vg-fine in clean, crisp, unclipped dj. Signed without inscription by Mallinson on the title page. 40.00