The story, through the main character, follows the Earl of Peterborough in his campaign in Spain. History has muddled this man, and whether he was incompetent and disloyal or a masterful general and merely maligned by those jealous of him, we may never know. The popular theory passed down to us is that through his incompetence King Charles lost his bid for the Spanish crown. However, this book portrays the opposite view, and is backed by several historians. Either way, Earl Charles Mordaunt the third of Peterborough, was an amazing, if not eccentric man. His exploits and genius are, I think, too often over-shadowed by his flaws of character.
This book details the life and methods of the early 1700 century in a way that remains interesting yet teaches a great deal of history.