Coss writes this history to correct the long standing assumption that Wellington's redcoats were drawn from society's dregs. Using his database and many first-person accounts, he proves they were otherwise. Backgrounds and daily lives of the soldiers are illuminated by every aspect of this study. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR"All for the King's Shilling is a revelation, a keystone reinterpretation of the British soldier of the Napoleonic Wars. The great value of this work lies not simply in the centrality of its topic or in the impressive mining of archival and memoire evidence by Edward Coss, but also in his originality and courage as he challenges stereotypes that have endured for two hundred years in the scholarly and military literature. ~John Lynn, author of The Bayonets of the Republic and Giant of the Grand Siecle"Edward J. Coss's thoroughly researched and extremely interesting analysis will appeal not only to scholars and, indeed, to modern officers with a professional interest in the motivation and discipline of soldiers, but also to the legions of enthusiasts who continue to follow the Napoleonic redcoats tramping across the Peninsula and to Waterloo." ~J. A. Houlding author of Fit for Service: The Training of the British Army, 1715-1795"With an impressive grasp of military psychology, Coss demonstrates beyond doubt that the redcoats were predominantly young men from 'respectable' elements of the laboring classes, and he reveals the source of the British infantry's well-known 'cohesion.'" ~Matthew Spring, author of With Zeal and with Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783
From the Author
All for the King's Shilling was awarded the International Napoleonic Society Literary Award (1st place) for 2010. The book was also runner-up for 2010 Templer Medal from the Society for Army Historical Research.