Wordsworth Trust Books

Wordsworth, War & Waterloo



The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars were enormously important for William Wordsworth, as they were for many other writers and artists of the Romantic period. This collection of essays tells the story of Wordsworth’s changing responses to the Anglo-French conflict that began in 1793 and culminated in Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in June 1815.

With essays on Dorothy Wordsworth and the conflict’s wider social impact, this book also reveals how the war’s dramatic events impinged on the lives of people across Britain, including women and children.

The book is richly illustrated with a number of important paintings, drawings and cartoons inspired by the war. It brings together Benjamin Robert Haydon’s portraits of Wordsworth, Wellington and Napoleon, features a range of satirical cartoons by the brilliant caricaturist James Gillray, and includes an essay discussing J.M.W. Turner’s visit to the battlefield of Waterloo.

Contributors: Simon Bainbridge, Paul F. Betz, David Blayney Brown, Donald Coverdale, Richard Matlak,

Philip Shaw, Jenny Uglow and Pamela Woof

Published by the Wordsworth Trust 2015