Under Siege (Captain Rawson)
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In the wake of victory at Oudenarde, career soldier Captain Daniel Rawson must take a leading role in the Allies’ new strategy - to invade further into French territories and lay siege to Lille, the ‘pearl of its fortresses’.
He fights alongside the Duke of Marlborough, whose position and safety abroad are threatened by politicians in England plotting his downfall – and by his outspoken and treasonous wife, Sarah.
Meanwhile, Captain Rawson must contend with a new rival for his beloved, the beautiful Amalia Janssen, rescue his comrade-in-arms, Henry Welbeck, and avoid capture by ruthless French soldiers.
We lack the numbers to cover every eventuality.’ ‘Marlborough cannot take Lille without a siege train. Our main task must be to stop it reaching him.’ ‘It will not be transported by water, that’s for certain. As long as we’re camped here, we control the rivers and canals. That means it will go by land. A siege train of the requisite size will be several miles long.’ ‘That will stretch their resources to the limit,’ said Berwick. ‘Marlborough will not be able to protect it adequately. If we
sympathetic. ‘I’m sorry to hear that.’ ‘He was shot during the first attack.’ ‘You can at least console yourself with the thought that he didn’t sacrifice his life in vain. Your brother was part of an army that inflicted lasting humiliation on the French.’ The man was scornful. ‘What bloody use is that?’ he challenged. ‘Humiliation didn’t bring about surrender. We trounced the French at Blenheim, at Ramillies and now at Oudenarde but they still keep coming back at us. This damnable war drags
could be moved from here at any moment. I need to locate Captain Rawson now. Go and discover where he is.’ ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ The man scurried off as if his heels had been set alight. ‘Have you ever thought of getting married again, Rachel?’ he asked. ‘Oh, no,’ she said, ‘that would be tempting fate. I’ve already buried two husbands. I couldn’t bear the pain of seeing another one being lowered to the ground.’ ‘Supposing you only pretended to be married?’ She chortled merrily. ‘I’ve done
decision.’ They were in the captain-general’s quarters. Prince Eugene of Savoy had ridden to the main camp with some of the Dutch generals under his command. The council of war was, for once, not marked by any disagreement. Marlborough was grateful for that. He’d been forced to compromise on too many occasions in the past. Now that the siege had been undertaken, it was important that they all favoured the same strategy. On the table in front of them was the plan that Daniel had stolen from
Dismounting from their horses, they looked closely at the two corpses, their anger mounting as they did so. The captain of a British regiment would be a good prize but they had no intention of taking a prisoner. All that they wanted was revenge. They exchanged a glance as if deciding who should be first, then one of them raised his sabre to strike. Knowing that his chances were slim, Daniel got ready to dodge the blow, hoping that he could dive for one of the discarded weapons. His plan was never