PETER THE GREAT’S REVENGE: THE RUSSIAN SIEGE OF NARVA IN 1704
270pp., 151 b/w illus., 15 colour illus., 2 maps, 10 photos., 1 table, P.B. 2018. Narva gained world fame after two battles during the Great Northern War 1700-1721. First attacked in 1700, its Vauban style bastions were saved by a daring strike on the besieging Russians given by young King Charles XII who came to relieve the town. Four years later Narva saw another full scale three-months-long siege packed with sallies, bombardments, trench combat and peaked by general storm – something rare in a period when governors preferred to surrender before assault.