'For God and for Honour': Marshal Schomberg
John Childs surveys the remarkable career of a professional soldier who fought for six nations yet remained consistent to his church and personal principles
Having plunged across the Boyne Water, the three Huguenot battalions of infantry momentarily wavered in the face of a scourging Jacobite fire. Sensing the danger, a portly seventy-four year old hurried into the melee to rally his co-religionists. Within seconds he was dead, cut down by two sabre blows to the head and a bullet in the neck. It was the end of the varied international military career of Frederick Hermann von Schomberg, Marshal of France.