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Wilkie’s Chelsea Pensioners

In 1816 the Duke of Wellington commissioned Sir David Wilkie (1785–1841) to paint a picture to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. The Scottish painter had trained in Edinburgh and moved …

The Waterloo Museum

Waterloo was to exert a powerful influence on the public imagination. Commemorations and celebrations of the battle manifested themselves in different ways. In Great Britain, at one end of the …

The Waterloo Banquet

In 1816, the Duke of Wellington purchased an impressive London residence, Apsley House, befitting his stature as a national hero. Known as Number 1, London, this was the first house …

Battlefield Tourism: Battle of Waterloo

Visiting battlefields was not a new phenomenon that developed in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo. There was a long tradition of visiting these sites: for example, there had …

Commemoration

Victory over Napoleon and the French at Waterloo was marked by celebrations across Britain — and it was seen as a very British victory, despite the vital Prussian involvement. There …

Extended reading

If you would like to take your interest in this week’s topics further, the books listed below are recommended reading. For some of them, you will probably need access to …

Your questions answered

In this video (10 minutes) Chris answers four of the questions you asked – about the aftermath of the battle, Wellington’s role in the peace deliberations, the treatment of soldiers …

Battle of Waterloo: Exile of Napoleon

Although Napoleon attempted to rally his troops and wanted to continue to fight, it was apparent particularly to the politicians in Paris that he had no future, and that the …

The Bourbons

The revolutionaries of 1792 had intended that by abolishing the monarchy — and by guillotining Louis XVI early the following year — the rule of France by the Bourbon family …

After the battle

Winning the peace is often harder than winning the war, and the Allied Powers needed to move quickly to stabilise France and reestablish an acceptable and legitimate authority. An army …

Battle of Waterloo: The Capture of Paris

The Battle of Waterloo, decisive though it was, did not bring the campaign against Napoleon to a conclusion. The allies now had to complete their victory by taking control of …
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