The Soldier is an imaginative and moving recreation of the life of the common soldier through the centuries. With gripping immediacy the twelve narratives - from that of a pre-Bronze Age tribesman fending off another tribe with stones and arrows to an American soldier in pursuit of the Japanese on a small Pacific island - depict the lot of the common man in battle. Here is the essence of the daily vicissitudes, concerns and the spirit of the ordinary man at arms, not only what his life was like but also what he was like. Each man is subtly linked to those who have gone before in such a way that we see plainly the sweep of history not in terms of kings, generals, and battles, but in the reflection of the restless tides of humanity from prehistoric times to the present era. These stories make vivid the world of a Roman legionary holding out against the Picts in a remote outpost in Britain, a Viking raider who settles in Normandy, a Norman archer who lives through the Battle of Hastings only to become caught up in a baron's revolt. There are brilliant pictures of what it was like to serve under Richard in the Crusades, take part in the Mongol invasion of Palestine, serve as a mercenary in fourteenth-century Italy, or be a Spanish conquistador in the Peruvian jungles.