“Do you know the Red Shield?” De Montieux asked Caillou, who responded negatively. “We work for them. Everyone knows the Red Shield,” he insisted. “In German, Rot for red, and Schild for Shield. The Rothschild?”
“No, I do not know them.”
“Do you know why this battle is about to take place?”
“Well, it’s about gold, my friend. Gold and power. French gold, European Gold and English Gold…”
From: Messengers – Chapter 1 of the Kings Have Won
On the morning of June 18th, 1815, as the sun rose over the battlefield of Waterloo the imminent sense of death fell upon the approximately 120.000 soldiers about to fight. Caillou the main character in this story join the three Messengers sent to observe the battle.
The rugged group, led by Rothworth, welcome the disfigured French cook who soon provided them tea and food.
With over 40.000 casualties in gruesome in a gruesome battle that lasted hours.