57% done with Peter the Great: His Life and World

Fortune favors the bold, but Charles’ boldness had to also have been his undoing. All his choices were based on seizing the initiative, fighting from the offensive, and dogged persistence. He never could see when he really should have taken the time to retreat for awhile, regroup, and then try again.

Charles was impressive nevertheless. 3 hours he rode with a shot up foot and even did his own surgery.