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BATTLES OF THE
FROM MARATHON TO WATERLOO.
By E. S. CREASY, M.A.,
PROFESSOR OF ANCIENT AND MODERN HISTORY IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON;
LATE FELLOW OF KING'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
Those few battles, of which a contrary event would have essentially varied
the drama of the world in all its subsequent scenes.-HALLAM.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
and the Battle of Waterloo, 1815
THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, 1815
FIFTEEN DECISIVE BATTLES
OF THE WORLD.
THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS, 1066
Eis vos la Bataille assemblée,
Roman de Rou, 13183.
ARLETTA's pretty feet twinkling in the brook made her the mother of William the Conqueror. Had she not thus fascinated Duke Robert the Liberal of Normandy, Harold would not have fallen at Hastings, no Anglo-Norman dynasty could have arisen, no British empire. The reflection is Sir Francis Palgrave's : * and it is emphatically true. If any one should write a history of “ Decisive loves that have materially influenced the drama of the world in all its subsequent scenes," the daughter of the tanner of Falaise
* “History of Normandy and England,” vol. i. p.
526. VOL. II.