During the weeks following the Battle of Waterloo curious tourists journeyed to the battlefield to witness for themselves the scene of the most crucial battle of their generation. Walter Scott was among them, and with a commission from a publisher for his travel journals already under his belt, he set off to Belgium. There he found a battlefield hanging heavy with the smell of decaying bodies and littered with mementos of war. His account brings to vivid life the mud, blood and confusion of one of Europe’s most fascinating periods.
Brilliantly introduced and carefully annotated, Paul O’Keeffe elucidates and contextualises Scott’s first-hand account.