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AN ACT OF COURAGE by Allan Mallinson Bantam, 16.99 [pounds sterling], pp. 366, ISBN 0593053400 14.99 [pounds sterling] (plus 2.25 [pounds sterling] p&p) 0870 800 4848
Which of the acts of courage does the title mean? In the Peninsular War, there were so many it's hard to choose. In the seventh volume of the Matthew Hervey saga (a novel well able to stand alone), Allan Mallinson's protagonist is a hero among heroes, when the cavalry was the cavalry and his regiment, the 6th Light Dragoons, Princess Caroline's Own, seems in retrospect to have been an order of chivalry.
Young Matthew, son of a country parson, was recently 'an ink-fingered boy at Shrewsbury School'. Now he …