On this day: the Battle of Morales

The Battle of Morales, part of the Peninsula War over the Iberian Peninsula, was fought on the 2nd of June, 1813.

Considered a victory for the British and a defeat for the French, the battle took place in the region of Toro, Zamora, Spain.

The Peninsula War was part of the larger Napoleonic Wars, and lasted a few days short of six years.

Battle_of_Morales,_2nd_June,_1813;_painted_by_William_Heath,_engraved_by_Thomas_SutherlandThe Battle of Morales Spain 2 June 1813. Between the Duke of Wellington vanguard and the rear gu

The 203rd anniversary of Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published on the 28th of January 1813.

Elizabeth and Mr Darcy by Hugh Thomson 1894

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. 1894 illustration.

Here is the title page from a first edition copy of the book:

Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published on the 28th of January 1813. Here is the front page from a first edition copy of the book.

On this day: the Battle of Leipzig

The Battle of Leipzig, one of Napoleon’s worst defeats, concluded in Saxony on the 19th of October, 1813, after beginning on the 16th.

Involving nearly 600 000 troops, this was the biggest battle in Europe before World War One.

45 000 of Napoleon’s troops were killed or wounded, and 36 000 were captured.

The Sixth Coalition suffered 54 000 dead, wounded or missing.

The battle, painted in 1844.

Battle_of_Leipzig_11Battle of Leipzig 1813 painted in 1844