Legendary buffoon, William Peel attempts to cash in on America’s War of Independence but arrives on the eve of the British invasion.
Set amidst the 1814 Anglo-American war, this is the story of legendary idiot, William Peel, the inept financier who sailed to America with gold and slaves and hopes of clinching a lucrative land deal.
With British forces stretched by the never-ending war with Napoleon, President Madison had chosen his moment to strike and needed gold for weapons and slaves to complete the country’s new capital, Washington.
Unbeknown to William and the President, however, the coalition’s war with Bonaparte had suddenly ended, and four thousand battle-hardened veterans ‘Wellington's Invincibles’ had been dispatched across the Atlantic with orders to Raise Hell. By the time William arrived in Chesapeake Bay it wasn't the welcoming embrace of the President that greeted him but the British poised for invasion.
The story follows a true chain of catastrophes that sees William's slaves snatched by the British to fight the Americans and ends with him being blamed for the destruction of the White House as the new capital is obliterated in a single night.
“A conversation with William Peel is like being stabbed in the head with a blunt knife covered in goat excrement.”
The Prince Regent