The Road to the Lion's Mound

By Daniel Res


The much-awaited biography of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Forensically researched, with new perspectives and fresh insights into this UK history and military icon. Written by a young historian from Prague.

Book Synopsis

Wellington – The Road to the Lion’s Mound 1769-1815 is the first volume of the story of the 1st Duke of Wellington, the man who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo and became a celebrated hero not only in Britain and Europe, but throughout the world. 

Daniel Res tells the gripping tale of Wellington’s exploits, giving the book an almost novel-like readability. In it we discover the story of Wellington’s youth in Ireland, his shaky beginnings in politics and the army, his first military success in India and his crucial engagements with Napoleonic France on the Iberian Peninsula as he fights his way from there to the south of France in 1814 – all events which culminate in the Battle of Waterloo the following year…

'What a charmingly idiosyncratic yet profoundly researched book Daniel Res’ is'
‘The Duke of Wellington is not just a figure belonging to British history but also one belonging to that of the whole of Europe. In this imaginative work, Czech historian, Daniel Res, both reminds us of this fact and gives us a wealth of insight into the rich vein of material on the Napoleonic Wars to be found in the archives of mittel Europa’.
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Quotes From the Book

I hope to God… that I have fought my last battle. It is a bad thing to be always fighting. While in the thick of it, I am much too occupied to feel anything, but it is wretched just after. It is quite impossible to think of glory. Both mind and feelings are exhausted. I am wretched even at the moment of victory, and I always say that next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained. Not only do you lose those dear friends with whom you have been living, but you are forced to leave the wounded behind you. To be sure one tries to do the best for them, but how little that is! At such moments every feeling in your breast is deadened. I am now just beginning to retain my natural spirits, but I never wish for any more fighting.

Duke of Wellington, a few days after a battle of Waterloo in conversation with Lady Shelley

‘Our battle on the 18th [of June] was one of the most important and, as you yourself know, was absolute. God has hitherto been well-disposed to me and I shall not want to ever fight again, for I am crushed by the loss of my long-time friends and acquaintances.’

From letter to Prince Schwarzenberg after the battle of Waterloo.

Wellington: The Road to the Lion’s Mound 1769-1815