Alone With Glory
The Colour of Blood
A Different Kind of War
The Hardest Fight
The Blast of War
About the Author
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THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES!
Putting heat under the cold facts of History
Welcome to the website of Bicorn Books, publisher of the acclaimed Ties of Blood series of Peninsular War Novels, written by Peter Youds.
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So to the books...
2008 marked the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Peninsular War - a bitter six-year conflict which Napoleon described as "The Spanish Ulcer". 2008 also marked the appearance of the first Ties of Blood novel.
Ties of Blood is an ambitious series which tells the story of the war through an extraordinary cast of characters, real and imagined. As well as gripping descriptions of battles, sieges and skirmishes, the novels offer a unique insight into the everyday lives of those who found themselves caught up in the struggle - men and women, soldiers and civilians.
Peter has set out on a bold oddyssey which will see each of the books appearing close to the anniversary of one of the key events it describes, year on year. All of the big events of the war are there, leading all of the way to the final, climactic drama of the Battle of Waterloo!
Following years of research, Peter's aim is to bring the truly amazing stories of the war to life in a way that is fun for the reader, tells a tale, but also contrives to bring to life the genuine history of this fascinating period.
This site is intended to help visitors learn more about the Ties of Blood series, but also to interest them in the the times - military, political and social. You can find out what is behind the books (as well as other interesting bits and pieces, such as how the people lived, the food they ate, health, how they dressed, their relationships, words, Spain and Portugal , more books you can read - and so on).
ALONE WITH GLORY is the first in the series and was published in October 2008.
THE COLOUR OF BLOOD was published in July 2009.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR was published in August 2010.
THE HARDEST FIGHT was published in May 2011.
THE BLAST OF WAR was published in April 2012.
EVEN TO THE KNIFE is due in June 2013.
PRAISE FOR THE TIES OF BLOOD NOVELS
"Have a look at Peter Youds' series - these are not Sharpe imitations; instead they follow the experiences of a group of linked characters throughout the events of the war. He presents not just the British viewpoint, but also that of Spanish and Portuguese characters in the struggle against the French.
I thoroughly recommend the books."
Carole Divall, author "Redcoats Against Napoleon"
"Alone With Glory paints a broad picture of the Peninsular War: the forces of Sir Arthur Wellesley and Sir John Moore are there, but so too are those of Spain and Portugal. That redoubtable duo, Sharpe and Harper, are going to have to look to their laurels!"
Charles Esdaile, author "The Peninsular War"
"Alone With Glory is an enjoyable read, with likeable characters and despicable villains. It moves at a fast pace and leaves the reader with an accurate picture of the confusion and hardships of the campaign of 1808/9.
I look forward to the next book in the series."
Robert Burnham, author "Inside Wellington's Peninsular Armies"
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