These lectures are rated as an outstanding contribution to the literature on Waterloo. The author of this book set out to present and analyse all available facts, and to achieve this he made a deliberate policy of consulting English, German, Belgian and French sources on the battle and thus produced a balanced and objective account. His work was translated into German and French and earned the praise of such as von Moltke the Elder. Subsequently French and German authorities offered further evidence which Chesney was able to incorporate in the later English editions. This reprint is of the last (fourth) and most comprehensive edition.