- because if I'd looked at the calendar before posting yesterday, I'd have realised that today, 18 June, is of course Waterloo Day. It would have been a much more appropriate date for my post about Georgette Heyer, in recognition of An Infamous Army, arguably her best book. It combines romance, social comedy and meticulously researched history, with a large cast of fictional and real life characters. Her description of the battle is supposed to be one of the best ever written; at one time it was recommended reading at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
Georgette Heyer used the Battle of Waterloo again years later, to provde a plot twist in A Civil Contract, another book which is rather different from her normal light hearted romance and comedy.