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Captain of Foot
Set of Ronald Welch Novels - Slightly Foxed Cubs
The Carey Novels by Ronald Welch Timeline
  • ISBN: 9781906562601
  • Pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 220 x 155mm
  • Illustrations: William Stobbs
  • Publication date: 1 March 2014
  • Producer: Smith Settle
  • Age: 8+
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Binding: Cloth hardback
  • Trimmings: Illustrated endpapers; colour blocking to spine and front
  • NB: Hand-numbered, limited edition of 2,000 copies
Made in Britain

Captain of Foot

The Carey Novels

Ronald Welch

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The limited edition run of this title has sold out apart from a number of copies we reserved for limited edition sets but we recently discovered a number of unread review copies at our printers. If you missed Captain of Foot the first time round, we now have a few copies available to buy again.

Young Christopher Carey is not afraid of fighting, but he hates the discomforts of military life – the cold and the rain, the heat and the dust, the uncomfortable bivouacs, the poor food and the long marches. So he’s a rather reluctant hero. But breeding will out.

The latest in a long line of distinguished fighting ancestors, Christopher in fact is a very good soldier, commanding tremendous loyalty from his men, whether the company is launching an attack against the French, protecting the straggling lines of the retreating English army, or defending a strategic position. Christopher’s qualities don’t go unnoticed and he’s chosen for a dangerous mission to a leader of the Spanish guerrillas, the colourful El Empecinado. As ever Ronald Welch skilfully weaves together fiction and fact to create a brilliant picture of the Napoleonic Wars in Spain, and the dangers and monotonies of an infantryman’s life in Wellington’s army.

About Ronald Welch and the Carey Novels

Ronald Welch’s Carey novels, written between 1954 and 1972, follow the fortunes of the same family from their involvement in the Crusades to their service in the First World War. Grippingly plotted and scrupulously researched, together they join up the dots of English history in a remarkably vivid and human way.

Welch was a historian who served as a Tank Corps officer in the Second World War and in 1947 became Headmaster of Okehampton Grammar School in Devon. He was, by all accounts, an inspiring teacher, and he certainly knew how to bring history alive for younger readers. You can’t finish a Welch book without having grasped such precise details as the construction of a crusader’s armour and why it was so designed, or why the longbow was crucial to the English victory at the Battle of Crécy. Most importantly they’re brilliant reads – fast-paced, colourful and imaginative, with entirely believable central characters. The Careys are a distinguished Welsh landowning family and are involved in all the great events of their times, from the plots against Elizabeth I and the Civil War to the Peninsular War, the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny.

The original editions, published by Oxford University Press and illustrated by some of the best book illustrators of their day, are now almost impossible to find and fetch prohibitive prices. We’re delighted to make these wonderful books available again, with their original illustrations, in an elegantly designed and highly collectable series.

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  1. Peter says:

    This is very exciting! Ronald Welch’s Captain of Foot and Captain of Dragoons were two of the most formative books of my late childhood. This probably means most formative full stop. I shall never forget William Stobbs’ illustrations either – all those angular, bony, rather gaunt faced figures. How wonderful you people are.

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