Although Georgette Heyer is especially understood for composing a number that is large of Regency Romances and Comedies of ways, she additionally penned a quantity of secrets and many publications of historic fiction predicated on genuine activities. One of the better known of those is An Infamous Army that will be believed to consist of probably the most well-researched explanations regarding the Battle of Waterloo, and which, as a total outcome, is (or ended up being) a collection text at Sandhurst! The Spanish Bride is with in a comparable vein, although whereas in Army the key figures are fictional, Brigade-Major Harry Smith and their young bride Juana really existed, as did one other characters when you look at the guide. This will be one of many handful of Georgette Heyer’s novels that we have actuallyn’t yet read, and so I came to it without actually knowing much in regards to the tale, besides that it is extremely firmly located in reality, and that much of this discussion and information concerning the occasions within are taken straight from Harry Smith’s autobiography.
The tale quickly presents Harry – brash, young, impetuous however a soldier that is superb frontrunner of males, some of those who yells “Come on!” to his guys and battles at their part as opposed to an officer whom sits right straight right back and allows them log on to along with it. He’s currently acquired a reputation to be indestructible – he’s escaped a lot of battles fairly unscathed that he’s practically a legend.
Right after the siege and autumn of Badajoz, he and an officer that is fellow approached by a Spanish noblewoman who asks with regards to their security on her behalf younger sis, Juana, that is simply fourteen. (more…)