Jens Mastnak


Die Briefe der Brüder Carl, Ernst, Friedrich und Ivan von Hodenberg (1803 – 1815).

Europe at the beginning of the 19th century: the continent is shaken by wars. The King’s German Legion (KGL), together with the British Army, has been at the centre of the resistance against Napoleon since 1803.


Between 1803 and 1805, four brothers from the von Hodenberg family, who were based in Grethem in Lower Saxony, joined the KGL and remained in contact with their parents during this time through a lively correspondence. From Copenhagen to Madrid, from Gibraltar to Rügen, they describe the places of their travels and their personal experiences as officers in the service of the Crown. This is the first scholarly edition of letters written by members of the KGL during their service to the United Kingdom.


1. Auflage, ca. 300 Seiten, Hardcover, Fadenheftung. Zahlreiche Abbildungen, teils farbig.

Language: Deutsch/German
ISBN: 978-3-947064-14-4
65.00 €

Available by autumn 2020. Preorders will be processed as soon as the title arrives.

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Deutsche Legion / antinapoleonische Kriege / Koalitionskriege / Befreiungskriege / britische Armee / Personalunion / Kurhannover / Wellington / Georg III. / Lissabon / London / Bexhill / Gibraltar / Rügen / Kopenhagen

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Jens Mastnak studied political science and history in Hanover and did his doctorate on the realities of life for soldiers in the Napoleonic era. He is the head of the Lehrte Municipal Archives and a member of the Hanoverian Military History Working Group and has been involved in the conception and implementation of numerous museum events since 2002. His publications include a diary from the Seven Years’ War as a source edition and several studies on regional history.


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