May 1812

May Europe has been at war for twenty years Britain stands alone against the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known at daily risk of a French invasion and revolution In London a handful

  • Title: May 1812
  • Author: M.M. Bennetts
  • ISBN: 9781907386046
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1812 Europe has been at war for twenty years Britain stands alone against the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known, at daily risk of a French invasion and revolution In London, a handful of men struggle to protect their country and maintain the war effort Among them, the Earl of Myddelton, code breaker to the Foreign Office, strives to crack the most diffi1812 Europe has been at war for twenty years Britain stands alone against the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known, at daily risk of a French invasion and revolution In London, a handful of men struggle to protect their country and maintain the war effort Among them, the Earl of Myddelton, code breaker to the Foreign Office, strives to crack the most difficult French code yet the Grand Chiffre before still men die on the battlefields of Europe.Then, on 11 May 1812, the unthinkable happens The Prime Minister is assassinated Amid widespread panic and fear of a French conspiracy, the government falls.From the ballrooms of London, to the backstreets of power, to the death in waiting coast of enemy France, Myddelton is drawn inexorably into the deepening crisis his private life unravelling all the while, as misunderstandings, gossip and spite mar his marriage, and threaten to destroy his career.

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    1. Educated at Boston University and St Andrews, M.M Bennetts is a specialist in the economic, social and military history of Napoleonic Europe The author is a keen cross country and dressage rider, as well as an accomplished pianist, regularly performing music of the era as both a soloist and accompanist Bennetts is a long standing book critic for The Christian Science Monitor The author is married and lives in England.

    2. This book frustrated me, and it also made me angry at times, because it could have been a 4* or even 5* instead of the 2.5* I give it.I absolutely adored most of the author's voice, it read like contemporary (of the Regency period) and was quite clearly very well researched in most parts. There has to have been truly intense linguistic research into the period and I did not doubt for a second that all the historical data were on the spot and even well-understood too. I loved the uncommon length [...]

    3. This ambitious novel takes place during the Napoleonic Period and is exquisitely steeped in detail that can only be written by someone who knows their subject well. Reminiscent of Austin and Burney Bennetts creates complex characters and successfully combines the intricacies of their personal relationships with the political intrigue of the larger world.

    4. I read this in two days, (rather a long time for me!) and I am going to start re-reading it probably tonight. It's a fabulous novel, the writing drawing me into the era with its elegance and mannerisms and dictates. I knew I was onto a winner here when I began to seriously worry about Avery and Jane.Some scenes were exquisitely written - (view spoiler)[ the death of Perceval and Myddelton's reaction was almost too painful to read(hide spoiler)] and the prose was lovely.Nothing 'jarred', nothing [...]

    5. This was a very dense historical romance, with problems in being accessible at times, but was still very good for the most part. I have been meaning to read it for over a year now, but for some reason kept forgetting to get around to it.This book was centered around two characters forced into an arranged marriage that neither of them knew about until only days before the marriage had to take place (the 1st of May was the deadline), and how over the course of the month the relationship (and how e [...]

    6. I usually read nautical books set in the age of sail but on vacation I thought I'd have a change of pace and give this one a try. It is essentially a romance, unsurprisingly from the title, set in the short period of May 1812.The principal characters are thrust together but despite a seemingly endless series of fateful misunderstandings which seem destined to seperate them romance blossoms. The principal character is a peer on the fringes of government and it was interesting to read what might b [...]

    7. History fiction as history fiction should be. A wealth of period detail that makes you feel as though you are experiencing this first hand. A gripping and absorbing story. As crime thrillers were redefined by such writers as James Ellroy and Lawrence Block, so M.M.Bennetts rescues the historical Regency period from poke bonnets and simpering tea parties. Examining the home front in time of war, based around the murder of the Prime Minister, Spencer Percival; and the fear that the French would so [...]

    8. As the title suggests, this book covers just over one month in 1812. It's also a long book, but in my opinion, not a page too long.The Earl of Myddelton finds out that he was betrothed to a girl by his father, years ago before said parent's untimely death. Now he must marry within a few days. At the same time he's involved in work for the Foreign Office, translating and decoding all hours of the day and night. At the same time, in the wider world, this is the month the Prime Minister, Sir Spence [...]

    9. I really enjoyed this book, although when I downloaded it I did not realise it was really a romance. It is a very long book, but does not seem so as each character and situation is well thought out and allowed to develop in an unhurried way. The author deftly plots the characters through several twists, turns and about-faces.The author has a good command of the language and social and military history of the time, indeed the book is set against the backdrop of the assassination of the Prime Mini [...]

    10. M.M. Bennetts is a tremendous researcher and grey contributor to the canon of historical fiction. Her work is such that all who like the period should consider time spent with her offering. Then though, one we have this tome. There are a few things within that take one from truly sitting with the piece and knowing what one is in for. It does too much, at heart. It is not just an historical, for so much is made of the romance, the wedding of our hero. Nor is it a Regency Romance, for so much is m [...]

    11. M.M. Bennetts is, in my opinion, one of the finest writers of historical fiction. This volume begins the author's series that focuses upon the British intelligence service during the Napoleonic Wars. And this volume is as close to a romance as, I think, the series is likely to come -- exploring the relationships between marriageable young men and women at a time when a parent could still force a match. But unlike most romances, here it is the male point of view as a young man-about-town finds hi [...]

    12. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical drama which takes an unusual course through the love story of the Earl of Myddelton and his bride Jane Heron. Some parts are indeed as challenging as its opening chapter forebodes: these include the assassination of the Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval - but most of it sparkles with wit and understanding of the period setting, its politics, its gossip and entertainment. I only give 5 stars to the books that make me go on reading past my bedtime. Well done, M. [...]

    13. This book is absolutely dire. I managed 320 pages but had to give up in the end. If, however, you are obsessed with Regency England or wish that Jane Austen had written more books you may well be able to get to the end of it.

    14. Too much focus on S-E-X at the end of the book, but nothing too scandalous (I was never embarrassed or anything) so if you like Regency novels, you'll reall like this one.

    15. A very long slow read with a drawn out plot. Characters very well developed and likeable, but language made the story difficult to follow. Poetry and French verse seemed awkward in the midst of the chapters.

    16. "May 1822" by same author, is even better if you felt you could have lived without the romance in this one.

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