"History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket."
[Mrs Lintott, "The History Boys" by Alan Bennett]
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Women at Waterloo
With the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo upon us, historical novelist David Ebsworth has written an excellent blog about cantinières and vivandières, the women who supported the Napoleonic army. Click here. It makes one wonder how many other stories are still waiting to be discovered about females on battlefields of past wars. Unfortunately, the English terminology often used for these women is "camp followers", which has gained a somewhat less attractive connotation and doesn't always acknowledge their bravery. Here is another blog original from Military History magazine about women at Waterloo and also a story about the mystery "twins of Waterloo" can be read on my other blog here.