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As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, read Walter Scott's first hand accounts of his travels to the battlefield, in fascinating and bloody detail

On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo discover a fascinating primary source: Walter Scott's accounts of his journey to the battlefield

In the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo tourists flocked from Britain to witness the scene of the most important conflict of their generation. Walter Scott was among them, and with a commission from his publisher for a travel book and a long poem. These prose and verse accounts bring to vivid life the carnage, spectacle and excitement of a fascinating period of European history.

Brilliantly introduced and annotated by Paul O'Keeffe, this edition elucidates and contextualises Scott's first-hand account of his travels, his dashing epic, ‘The Field of Waterloo’ and the eerily chilling 'Dance of Death'.


Full of fascinating detail...and an excellent introduction and notes by Paul O’Keeffe


Paul’s Letters remained out of print for almost two centuries until now, but Paul O’Keeffe, the masterly biographer...has reissued it in a fine scholarly edition

Owen Dudley Edwards

The blaze of Scott's molten genius…Scott is patronised as a regional writer. There is some scholarly interest, but he is largely unread outside specialist university courses. Given the brilliance of his achievement, this neglect is absurd


With 22 novels, six poetical marathons and 11 more prose works under his belt, the most celebrated Scotsman of his day was the first author ever to be a best seller in all three genres. What other writer, dead for 170 years, still has fishing boats and a football team named in his honour?

Independent on Sunday

No author - not even Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith or JK Rowling - has ever been as critically acclaimed and commercially successful as Scott

Scotland on Sunday

Provides an informative introduction and excellent notes... Highly readable


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 15, 2015

    Vintage Classics

    432 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    April 30, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    432 pages

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