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By the summer of 1704 Louis XIV's vast armies dominated Europe. France defeated every alliance formed against her and Louis was poised to extend his frontier to the Rhine and install a French prince on the throne of Spain. Two men saved Europe from French military domination: the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy. Marlborough masterminded a brilliant campaign,...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published August 5th 2004 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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'Aussie Rick'
Battle for Europe by Charles Spencer is a riveting account of the great battle fought at Blenheim between Allied forces under the command of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and the French Army of Louis XIV on August 13, 1704. This is a splendidly told story, not only covering this pivotal battle but the events leading up to it and the main characters involved, including my favourite, Prince Eugene of Savoy.

This battle possibly changed the course of European history with the near destructio...more
A fascinating look at the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 18th century, with the decisive Battle of Blenheim in 1704 taking centre stage, and the history's protagonists being the heroic Prince Eugene of Savoy and Britain's military champion, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough: Ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill.

The book follows their campaigns against France's Louis XIV, the Sun King, and his ambitions to dominate Europe, and paints Blenheim as 'a seminal moment in [Britain's] histor...more
I'm not sure if Charles Spencer would consider himself a historian or an amateur...but this book is both well written and extremely interesting.
I really enjoyed this book and learned a ton--of course I didn't know anything about the Battle of Blenheim before reading this. Written by Princess Di's brother Charles Spencer. Well-written.
Chris Watson
What an amazing battle. A frontal attack, across a river, against a superior force - larger, better equipped, better trained - and he routed them through sheer audacity and brilliant general-ship!!
Stephen Barry
Excellent overview of the Danube campaign and Marlborough's entry onto the world stage with enough credit given to Eugene of Savoy without whom the campaign would never have been possible.
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Charles Edward Maurice Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, DL is the second and only surviving son of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and the Honourable Frances Roche (later Frances Shand Kydd), daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy. The youngest of his three older sisters was Diana, Prin...more
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