For Honour’s Sake

For Honour’s Sake

In August 1814, eight men gathered in the ancient Flemish city of Ghent. Their desperate mission was to end a tragic war between Great Britain and the United States that was now more than two years old. It was a war that had gone badly for both sides; a war that could only resolve itself on the battlefield with either the defeat of the new Republic or the destruction of British North America. As the five Americans and three Britons struggled over four months to find common ground for a treaty, the war raged on—Washington burned, an army was defeated at Plattsburgh, both sides finally realizing that neither could ever achieve decisive victory on the battlefield. The only hope for peace was to be found in the drawing room of a monastery in Ghent where the destiny of a continent on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean rested in the hands of a disparate group that counted in its number a future American president, the Congressman who many credited for having forced the United States into the war, a disgraced British admiral, and the young British diplomat who held the key to either make or break the peace.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2006: 443 pages.

Read more….


Ken McGoogan, The Globe and Mail

…an authoritative and convincing work….A notable contribution to his growing body of work….In detailing the various battles…Zuehlke subjects his readers to a waterfall of information. And yet, as leaders perish and bodies pile up, Zuehlke emerges out of the mist to capture the ebb and flow, the constantly changing momentum of the war.” For Honour’s Sake “provides a broader, more provocative context than usual.

Quill & Quire

For Honour’s Sake is a rollicking and thoroughly enjoyable survey of the War of 1812. From casus belli to peace treaty, Mark Zuehlke brings his prodigious writing talent to the history of a war that was inconclusive for its US and UK belligerents, but enormously important for the future nation-state of Canada.

About the Author

Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada’s foremost popular military historian. His Canadian Battle Series is the most exhaustive recounting of the battles and campaigns fought by any nation during World War II to have been written by a single author.

Recent Posts

Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons

British Remittance Men in the Canadian West Between 1880 and 1914, thousands of British remittance men came to the Canadian West, urged overseas by a rapidly changing British society. In a land of cowboys and loggers, their attempts to recreate the aura of landed...

Excerpt From Through Blood and Sweat

From the museum, a group of us travel in several cars to the junction of the main highway and the road to Valguarnera, where fifteen markers have been planted. They have been set out in three groups of five. The dozen or so people present conduct a short ceremony at...

Through Blood and Sweat Released

"We should not need [monuments] to picture a past battlefield and the horrors endured there. But their presence definitely helps to focus the mind, reinforce the solemnity of emotion that is so inherent in the act of remembrance." Through Blood and Sweat takes readers...

2014 Winner of the Pierre Berton Award

Proud to have won the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Popular Media, The Pierre Berton Award. Great honour to receive the award personally from the Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall, Ottawa. Article From

Conatct Mark:

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)


    Your Message