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The Englishman's Daughter
A True Story of Love and Betrayal in World War I
Written by Ben Macintyre

The Englishman's Daughter
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Category: History - Military - World War I
Imprint: Delta
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: February 2003
Price: $17.00
Can. Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33679-6 (0-385-33679-9)
Pages: 272



 
In the first terrifying days of World War I, four British soldiers found themselves trapped behind enemy lines on the western front. They were forced to hide in the tiny French village of Villeret, whose inhabitants made the courageous decision to shelter the fugitives until they could pass as Picard peasants.

The Englishman’s Daughter is the never-before-told story of these extraordinary men, their protectors, and the love affair that developed between Private Robert Digby and Claire Dessenne, a beautiful woman in Villeret who helped to hide the soldiers. Their ardor resulted in the birth of a child known as “The Englishman’s Daughter.” and in an act of betrayal, a tragic legacy that would haunt the village for generations to come.

Through the testimonies of the villagers and the last letters of the soldiers, journalist Ben Macintyre has pieced together the harrowing account of how life was lived behind enemy lines during the Great War, and offers a compelling solution to the village mystery that reverberates to this day.





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