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The Englishman's Daughter

The Englishman's Daughter

A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War One

Ben Macintyre

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Never before told, Ben Macintyre's The Englishman's Daughter is a harrowing tale of love, duplicity and their tragic consequences, which haunt the people of Villeret eight decades after the Great War.

"I have a rendezvous with death, at some disputed barricade." Alan Seeger, 1916

In the first days of World War I four soldiers, left behind as the British army retreated through northern France under the first German onslaught, found themselves trapped on the wrong side of the Western Front, in a tiny village called Villeret. Just a few miles from the Somme, the village would be permanently inundated with German troops for the next four years, yet the villagers conspired to feed, clothe and protect the fugitives under the very noses of the invaders, absorbing the Englishmen into their homes and lives until they could pass for Picardy peasants.

The leader of the band, Robert Digby, was a striking young man who fell in love with Claire Dessenne, the prettiest maid in the village. In November 1915, with the guns clearly audible from the battlefront, Claire gave birth to Digby's child, the jealous whispering began, and the conspiracy that had protected the soldiers for half the war started to unravel.

the Englishman's Daughter

CHAPTER ONE
The Angels of Mons




On a balmy evening at the end of August in the year 1914, four young soldiers of the British army--two Englishmen and a pair of Irishmen--crouched...

Praise for The Englishman's Daughter

"Wrapped in well-researched history and presented in exemplary prose, this elegy of a lost time recalls the verse of Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke." - Kirkus Reviews -

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Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is the author of Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche (FSG, 1992) and The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief (FSG, 1997). He lives in Washington, DC.

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