PENINSULAR EYEWITNESSES The Experience of War in Spain and Portugal 1808-1913


Esdaile has brought together a vivid selection of contemporary accounts of every aspect of the war to create a panoramic yet minutely detailed picture of those years of turmoil. The story is told through memoirs, letters and eyewitness testimony from all sides. Instead of generals and statesmen, we mostly hear from less-well-known figures – junior officers and ordinary soldiers and civilians who recorded their immediate experience of the conflict.

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