James Falkner

An expert on the War of Spanish Succession
James Falkner served as a British Army infantry officer for 25 years and is today recognised as one of the leading modern authorities on 18th century warfare.
James specialises in the campaigns of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and the work of the celebrated French military engineer Marshal Vauban. He has also made a special study of the Virginia campaigns in the American Civil War. 
 

James leads our tour Marlborough's Victories in Belgium, visiting the sites where allied forces battled the Spanish and French during the War of Spanish Succession.
See the tour details here. 


He is a published writer, with a series of books specialising in seventeenth and eighteenth-century warfare, with a focus on the War of the Spanish Succession and the Duke of Marlborough. His book, Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles 1704-1709, is one of the outstanding studies of the subject. Other titles include battlefield guides to Blenheim 1704 and Ramillies 1706; Marlborough Goes to War: Eyewitness Accounts 1702-1713; Marlborough's Sieges, Marlborough's Battlefields, and Fire Over the Rock: The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783.

James regularly gives lectures and presentations to a wide range of militaria and learned societies and spoke to great acclaim at the National Army Museum's 'Britain's Greatest General' seminar, and at The National Archives commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht. 

Widely acknowledged as the leading modern authority on the campaigns of the 1st Duke of Marlborough, James writes for the leading militaria and historical journals, and has worked for many years as an expert guide to battlefields all across western Europe.

James is pictured below in this now tranquil Pyrenees setting overlooking the scene of 1814's bloody battlefields.