The Peninsular War: A New History/Charles Esdaile. Penguin Books (Allen Lane History Series). Hardcover. First edition 2002. Out of print. Condition: As new. ISBN: 0713992395
For years Spain had been the most feared and predatory power in Europe, with the largest empire and one of the world’s greatest navies to defend it, and nothing could have prepared it for the devastating implosion of 1805-14. Trafalgar destroyed its navy and the country degenerated into a brutalized shambles with French and British armies marching across it at will. This book comes to terms with this conflict, immortalized by Goya and the arena in which Wellington and his redcoats carved out one of the greatest episodes in British military history.