Saturday, August 13, 2011


On this day (N.S.) in 1704: the Battle of Blenheim, where 52,000 allied troops (Britain, Austrian Empire) faced down 56,000 French etc.   Winston Churchill called it the beginning of British hegemony in Europe. The French suffered a catastrophic defeat but it wasn't nearly the end of the war, which lasted until 1714. Robert Southey branded it (with leaden irony) "A Famous Victory."  
The Duke returned from the wars today and did pleasure me in his top-boots.

--Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, wife of
John, Duke of Marlborough,
commander of the allied forces.

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