Who Owned Waterloo?
Battle, Memory, and Myth in British History, 1815-1852
Reviews and Awards
Winner, 2023 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Awards
"Who owned Waterloo? covers a great deal of ground in a relatively short space and without ever feeling too compressed. Reynolds writes very well: his prose is lively and free of jargon, so that this is a monograph which can be read for pleasure as well as information. He shows great skill in selecting examples to explore in detail, while never losing sight of the wider picture, and his judgment is confident and convincing." -- Rory Muir, Napoleonica® the journal
"In this compelling account of cultural appropriation, Luke Reynolds examines the many ways - from public commemorations to battlefield tourism and theatrical productions - by which nineteenth-century Britain claimed the memory of Waterloo as its own as it sought to turn Wellington's victory in the battle into a central plank of British identity." -- Alan Forrest, Emeritus Professor of History, University of York
"A wide ranging, scholarly and well written study of how the victory at Waterloo came to occupy a central place in British culture long after the last shot was fired." -- Rory Muir, author of Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace
"Narrated in a lively, engaging style, with a sure-handed mastery of its sources, Who Owned Waterloo? marks the debut of an historian of exceptional promise. Luke Reynolds documents an astonishing array of Waterloo tributes and mementoes, making us comprehend how deeply the battlefield victory shaped the British psyche and polity for more than a generation. Not just an important work of history, but a vastly entertaining one." -- Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Alexander Hamilton and Washington: A Life