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Encyclopedia > Richard Sharpe (fictional character)
Sharpe series
by Bernard Cornwell
(in historical order)
Sharpe's Tiger
Sharpe's Triumph
Sharpe's Fortress
Sharpe's Trafalgar
Sharpe's Prey
Sharpe's Rifles
Sharpe's Havoc
Sharpe's Eagle
Sharpe's Gold
Sharpe's Escape
Sharpe's Fury
Sharpe's Battle
Sharpe's Company
Sharpe's Sword
Sharpe's Skirmish
Sharpe's Enemy
Sharpe's Honour
Sharpe's Regiment
Sharpe's Christmas
Sharpe's Siege
Sharpe's Revenge
Sharpe's Waterloo
Sharpe's Ransom
Sharpe's Devil

Richard Sharpe is the central character in Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe" which also formed the basis for the Sharpe television series, where the eponymous character was played by Sean Bean. Bernard Cornwell OBE (born February 23, 1944) is a prolific and popular English historical novelist. ... Sharpes Tiger is Bernard Cornwells return to Richard Sharpe during his sojourn in India. ... Sharpes Triumph is a fast paced continuation of Richard Sharpe story in his early, pre-officer days. ... Sharpes Fortress is the third (chronologically) of the Richard Sharpe series, and last of the Sharpe India trilogy, by English author Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Trafalgar is the 2000 historical novel by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Prey is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars . ... Sharpes Rifles was the first prequel novel in the series written by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Havoc is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... Sharpes Eagle is a historical novel, the 8th in the Richard Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell, set in July 1809. ... Sharpes Gold is a novel of historical fiction, a component of the Sharpe series and was written by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Escape is the twentieth novel in Bernard Cornwells Sharpe series, finding the hero embroiled in the British retreat through Portugal in 1810 from the defence of the Ridge at Bussaco to the Lines of Torres Vedras, where the French offensive was successfully halted. ... Sharpes Fury is to be Bernard Cornwells twenty first outing with Richard Sharpe. ... Sharpes Battle is a novel of historical fiction, a component of the Sharpe series written by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Company covers the sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz during the winter/spring of 1812. ... Sharpes Sword covers the summer campaign of 1812, and the Battle of Salamanca on June 22nd 1812. ... Sharpes Skirmish is a historical short story by Bernard Cornwell in his series about the adventures of Richard Sharpe. ... Sharpes Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... Sharpes Honour is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... Sharpes Regiment is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Christmas containing two short stories of historical fiction, components of the Sharpe series, was written by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Seige is a novel by Bernard Cornwell set in the napoleonic wars during the British Invasion of France in 1814. ... Sharpes Revenge is chronologically the twenty-first novel in the series written by Bernard Cornwell and published in 1989. ... Sharpes Waterloo is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the 1815 Waterloo campaign. ... Sharpes Christmas containing two short stories of historical fiction, components of the Sharpe series, was written by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Devil is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell. ... Bernard Cornwell OBE (born February 23, 1944) is a prolific and popular English historical novelist. ... This article is about the television series. ... Shaun Mark Bean (born 17 April 1959) is an English film and stage actor. ...


The stories chart Sharpe's progress in the British Army during the Napoleonic wars. He begins as a Private in Sharpe's Tiger gradually promoted to a field commission of Lieutenant Colonel in Sharpe's Waterloo. They dramatise his struggle for acceptance and respect from his fellow officers and from the men he commands. Sharpe was born a guttersnipe in the rookeries of London. Promoted on the battlefield he leaves his own class behind to take a commission in an army where rank is usually bought. Unlike almost all the other officers he serves with, Sharpe knows how to fight. The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Combatants Austria[1] Portugal Prussia[1] Russia[2] Sicily  Spain[3]  Sweden United Kingdom[4] French Empire Holland Italy Naples [5] Duchy of Warsaw Bavaria[6] Saxony[7] Denmark-Norway [8] Commanders Archduke Charles Prince Schwarzenberg Karl Mack von Leiberich João Francisco de Saldanha Oliveira e Daun Gebhard von... A Private is a soldier of the lowest military rank (equivalent to Nato Rank Grades OR-1 to OR-3 depending on the force served in). ... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... Through most of the history of the British Army it was common practice for officers to purchase their rank. ...


Sharpe is described as "brilliant but wayward" in Sharpe's Sword, and is acknowledged by the author to be a loose cannon. A highly skilled leader of light troops, he takes part in a wide array of historical events during the Napoleonic Wars and other conflicts, including the Battle of Waterloo. The earliest books are set in India and chronicle Sharpe's years spent in the ranks. He is known for being a dangerous man to have as an enemy; he is a skilled marksman and grows to be a good swordsman.


His frequent appearance is that of a Rifle Officer, armed with a 1796 pattern heavy cavalry sword and Baker rifle, although by Sharpe's Waterloo he has acquired a pistol. He is described as being six feet tall, having long black hair and being blue eyed (in the novels), with an angular, tanned face. The defining characteristic is a deep scar on his left cheek, which pulls his left eye in such a way as to give his face a mocking expression when relaxed. The Baker rifle was the rifle used by the Rifle regiments of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. ...

Contents

Early years

Richard Sharpe was born in London around 1776 or 1777 (he was 32 during the early months of 1809) to a prostitute mother and an unknown father. The Sharpe Companion gives his exact birthdate as June 26th, 1777. When Sharpe was three, his mother was killed in the Gordon Riots, leaving him an orphan. With no other known relatives to claim him, Sharpe was deposited in Jem Hocking's foundling home at Brewhouse Lane, Wapping, where he spent his days picking his assigned quota of Oakum. He was regularly beaten and malnuorished, resulting in his being undersized for his age. Because of this, he was eventually sold to a master Chimney Sweep to train as an 'apprentice' at the relatively late age of 12. Fearing the high mortality rate among apprentice sweeps (who were forced to climb up chimneys and remove the soot by hand), Sharpe fled for St. Giles' Rookery, and was taken in by bar-owner and prostitute Maggie Joyce. He stayed under Maggie's protection for three years, learning multiple forms of thieving. After killing a gang leader during a fight over Maggie, he escaped from London to Yorkshire at the age of fifteen. Within six months, Sharpe had killed a second man in a fight over a local girl. Partly as a result of the enticements of recruiting officer Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill, he joined the British Army to avoid the law. His regiment, the 33rd Foot, sometimes known as "The Havercakes" due to a havercake being engraved on the officers' swords (or from the habit of their recruiting sergeants of putting a cake on the end of their swords to attract starving would-be recruits) was first sent to Holland in 1794, where Sharpe fought in his first battle at Boxtel. The next year, he and his regiment were posted to India under the command of the British East India Company. The Gordon Riots is a term used to refer to a number of events in a predominantly Protestant religious uprising in London aimed against the Roman Catholic Relief Act, 1778, relieving his Majestys subjects, of the Catholic Religion, from certain penalties and disabilities imposed upon them during the reign... Wapping Old Stairs, one of many points of access to the foreshore in the area. ... Oakum is a preparation of tarred fibre used in shipbuilding, for caulking or packing joints of timbers in wood vessels and the deck planking of iron and steel ships. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Obadiah Hakeswill is a fictional British Sergeant who appears in several of the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Official name 33rd Regiment of Foot Nicknames The Havercake Lads The Pattern The Dukes Motto Virtutis Fortuna Comes (Fortune Favours The Brave) Description Line Infantry regiment Creation date Originally on the 14th of March 1702 by the 8th Earl of Huntingdon under Royal Warrant as Huntingdons Regiment of Foot. ... Boxtel is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands. ... The British East India Company, sometimes referred to as John Company, was the first joint-stock company (the Dutch East India Company was the first to issue public stock). ...


India

In 1799, Sharpe was sentenced to 2000 lashes (a death sentence) for striking an officer, but was released after only 200 by executive order. He was assigned to accompany Lieutenant William Lawford on a secret mission to rescue his uncle, intelligence agent Colonel McCandless from Seringapatam. They joined the Tippoo Sultan's army posing as British deserters, but were later exposed and imprisoned. Lawford taught Sharpe to read while imprisoned in the Tippoo's dungeon. Sharpe escaped during the Siege of Seringapatam, killing the Tippoo Sultan after destroying a mine meant to devastate the British army. Sharpe was promoted to Sergeant, as promised, for his successful efforts. Sir William Lawford. ... Ranganatha Temple Srirangapatna (British called it Seringapatam) is a small town, 13 km from Mysore in southern India. ... Tipu sultans summer palace Tipu Sultan, also known as Tipu Sahib (1753 - May 4, 1799) was ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1782, and one of the primary native sources of resistance to the establishment of British rule in India. ... In the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799, the Battle of Seringapatam was the final confrontation between the British and Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, who was killed when the British broke into the fortress. ... For other uses, see Sergeant (disambiguation). ...


Sharpe served four years as Armory Sergeant in Seringapatam. In 1803, while on official business in Chasalgoan he suffered a head wound during a massacre ordered by Lieutenant William Dodd. Shortly afterwards, he was attached to Colonel McCandless on a mission to find and capture Dodd. The mission took him to both Ahmednuggur and the Battle of Assaye, even though the 33rd Foot were not present at either battle. His attachment to McCandless led to his being posted with the top tier of officers during Assaye, and being assigned as temporary aide to Arthur Wellesley (1st Duke of Wellington) after the original staff aide was killed. In the middle of the battle, Wellesley fell from his horse and was set upon by enemy soldiers (a historical event which was never fully documented). Sharpe pushed Wellesley under a nearby cannon and fought off the attackers until safe. For his bravery, Sharpe was given a commission and joined the 74th Regiment as an Ensign. This was a highly unusual event at this time, usually ending in the soldier resigning or turning to drink because the upper class commissioned officers would not accept them. Even Wellesley himself did not grant Sharpe any special honours or unearned promotions after this point. Difficult though his position was - he was neither one of the men nor a 'true officer' - he soldiered on, but he still could not gain acceptance in his new regiment. Eventually his superiors arrange for him to be transferred to the newly formed 95th Rifles Regiment. Before leaving India, he also took part in the assault on Gawilghur. Inside the fortress, Sharpe finally found and confronted Dodd, receiving a scar on his left cheek that would define his appearance in the future. William Dodd was a historian and a Jeffersonian democrat, and was President Franklin Delano Roosevelts ambassador to Nazi Germany from 1933-1937. ... Combatants United Kingdom Maratha Confederacy Commanders Arthur Wellesley Sindhia, Ragojee Bhonsla Strength 4,500 infantry, 2,000 cavalry 50,000 infantry, 100 cannons Casualties 3,657 6,000 The Battle of Assaye occurred September 23, 1803 near the village of Assaye in south-central India. ... Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (c. ... Ensign is a junior rank of commissioned officer in the militaries of some countries, normally in the infantry or navy. ... Upper class refers to the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. ... The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consorts Own) was a regiment of the British Army. ...


Campaigns in Portugal, Spain and France

Returning from India in 1805, Sharpe was caught up in the Battle of Trafalgar. This was his first encounter with France and her allies. This adventure also introduced him to Lady Grace Hale, with whom he fell in love. After her husband's death, Grace and Sharpe set up house and lived an upper class life together using only earnings, since hers were wrapped up in her husband's estate. When Grace died giving birth to Sharpe's son, who died almost immediately afterwards, the son was assumed by her brother's lawyers to belong to Grace's ex-husband. As such, the late Lord Hale's estate was able to confiscate all Sharpe's wealth - including the house he had bought with the pile of jewels he took from the Tippoo Sultan and placed in Grace's name under the assumption that it had been bought with Grace's money and that her son had succeeded her as heir. At Grace's death, Sharpe fell into a deep depression and laxity that led to him being relegated to Quartermaster of the Rifles. In 1807, Sharpe unsuccessfully attempted to sell his commission, and found himself back in London. While there, he finally killed Jem Hocking, the master of his old foundling home. Combatants United Kingdom First French Empire Kingdom of Spain Commanders Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson † Pierre Charles Silvestre de Villeneuve Strength 27 ships of the line and 6 others. ... Tipu sultans summer palace Tipu Sultan, also known as Tipu Sahib (1753 - May 4, 1799) was ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1782, and one of the primary native sources of resistance to the establishment of British rule in India. ...


In London, he encountered an old officer in India, and was assigned on a special mission to protect an agent sent to treat with the Danish Crown Prince. During this mission, he was present for the Battle of Copenhagen and the British capture of the Danish fleet (to prevent Napoleon Bonaparte from taking it). Even though the 95th Rifles fought in the battle, Sharpe failed to rejoin the regiment, and carried on with his secret duties. After this, Sharpe headed for Portugal and the Peninsular War, finally showing his leadership abilities after all the more senior officers of his company were killed in an ambush during the retreat to Portugal in 1809. Upon returning to Portugal (where he first met Michael Hogan, the head of intelligence for Wellesley), the surviving riflemen became the light company of the South Essex Regiment. While assigned to the South Essex, Sharpe performed a number of heroic feats either in the service of Hogan, or in order to gain promotion through the officer ranks. In order to keep command of the light company, Sharpe undertook the capture of a French Imperial Eagle at the Battle of Talavera in 1809. In order to secure further promotion, he was the first over the breach at Badajoz. Over time, he gradually took unofficial command of the entire regiment. Before the Battle of Toulouse, Sharpe was sent to capture a fort in the 'Bassin D'Arcachon', the Teste de Buch just below Bordeaux. During this time Sharpe faced one of his most dangerous situations yet: he found himself trapped in the fort due to Pierre Ducos' planning after capturing it, and was faced with numerous heavy attacks on the fort by General Calvet. He eventually escaped from this dire situation due to the help of an American privateer, Cornelius Killick. He acted as Brigade Major at the Battle of Toulouse. The chronologically antepenultimate story recounts Sharpe's involvement in the famous Battle of Waterloo. During the battle, Sharpe finally became a substantive Lieutenant Colonel in command of the South Essex. Combatants United Kingdom Denmark Commanders James Gambier Ernst Peymann Casualties 42 killed, 145 wounded, 24 missing[1] 5,000 soldiers and militia[1] The Second Battle of Copenhagen, (16 August - 5 September 1807) was a British attack on the civilian population of Copenhagen in order to seize the Danish fleet. ... Bonaparte as general Napoleon Bonaparte ( 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a general of the French Revolution and was the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from November 11, 1799 to May 18, 1804, then as Emperor of the French (Empereur des... For the 1862 American Civil War campaign, see Peninsula Campaign. ... The South Essex Regiment, later the Prince of Wales Own Volunteers, is a fictional infantry regiment in the British Army that was created by Bernard Cornwell in the Sharpe series of books. ... Although they were presented with Regimental Colours, the regiments of Napoleon I tended to carry at their head the Imperial Eagle. ... The battle of Talavera was fought on July 27 and 28 of 1809 and resulted in the difficult victory of the British and Spanish under Sir Arthur Wellesley against the French under King Joseph. ... The Siege Of Badajoz - 1812 Between March 16th and April 6th 1812, the Spanish city of Badajoz was besieged by an Anglo-Portuguese army under the command of Sir Arthur Wellesley, finally resulting in the surrender and retreat of the French garrison. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the British Army the Chief of Staff of a brigade or similar formation. ... There have been two battles known as the Battle of Toulouse: Battle of Toulouse (721) during the Arabic Invasions of Europe Battle of Toulouse (1814) during the Napoleonic Wars This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Combatants First French Empire Seventh Coalition: United Kingdom Kingdom of Prussia Kingdom of the United Netherlands Kingdom of Hanover Duchy of Nassau Duchy of Brunswick Commanders Napoleon Bonaparte, Michel Ney Duke of Wellington, Gebhard von Blücher Prince William of Orange Strength 73,000 67,000 Coalition 60,000 Prussian...


Final book

In the final book, Sharpe's Devil, Sharpe was commissioned by the Countess of Mouromorto to travel to South America to find out what happened to her husband Don Blas Vivar, who had disappeared while acting as Spanish Captain General in Chile; Blas Vivar had been a principal character in the events of Sharpe's Rifles. As usual, he was accompanied by his Sergeant, later Regimental Sergeant Major, in Sharpe's Regiment (and friend) Patrick Harper. Enroute they stopped to visit the imprisoned Napoleon Bonaparte on Saint Helena. In Chile, he teams up with the historical character Lord Cochrane. South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Regimental Sergeant Major Patrick Harper is a fictional character created by Bernard Cornwell in the Sharpe series of novels. ... Bonaparte as general Napoleon Bonaparte ( 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a general of the French Revolution and was the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from November 11, 1799 to May 18, 1804, then as Emperor of the French (Empereur des... Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (14 December 1775–October 31, 1860) was a politician and naval adventurer. ...


Relationships and Family

Sharpe, being the son of a prostitute, has no knowledge of his father's identity. However, in his numerous affairs, he fathers several children. While in India, he sleeps with several prostitutes and it is unknown if they had children. He also tries to propose to several women, including Simone Joubert and Mary Bickerstaff, but is rejected. His first child is conceived aboard the HMS Pucelle, in Sharpe's Trafalgar, with Lady Grace Hale, who dies during childbirth. He then goes to Copenhagan and meets Astrid Skovgaard, who he sleeps with and she is pregnant by him when Lord Pumphrey's cronies slit her throat. He also sleeps with the most expensive prostitute in Spain and Portugal, named Josefina Lacosta. After he meets his future wife Teresa Moreno and sleeps with her, he meets up with Josefina again and does the same. When Sharpe is in Portugal (Sharpe's Escape) he finds a teacher named Sarah Fry and he sleeps with her. In Sharpe's Fury, Sharpe sleeps with Caterina Veronica Blazquez, who later marries Brigadier General Sir Barnaby Moon. With Teresa, Sharpe fathers a daughter named Antonia who is born in 1811. Having married Teresa, In Sharpe's Sword, Sharpe has an affair with Hélène Leroux, La Marquesa de Casares el Grande y Melida Sadaba and sister to Colonel Philippe Leroux. In Sharpe's Enemy he meets up again with Josefina who has assumed the name Lady Farthingdale whilst pretending at Colonel Sir Augustus Farthingdale's behest to have married him). Later in Sharpe's Honour he once again sleeps with Hélène, who offers to marry him if he gives his parole then breaks it and runs. He does not. After Teresa's death on 27 December 1812 at the hands of Sharpe's nemesis, Sergeant Hakeswill, Antonia is brought up by her great-uncle Ramon and her future remains unknown. Before Sharpe marries Jane Gibbons, he has an encounter with Lady Anne Camoynes. Shortly after their marriage, Jane ends up leaving Sharpe after a prolonged argument about his possible retirement from the army, and their future place of residence. She uses her authority as his wife to steal the fortune he gained at the Battle of Vitoria from the London bank where it was deposited. Jane begins an adulterous affair with Lord John Rossendale after the latter is sent by Sharpe's friends to look after her (Rossendale having befriended Sharpe during Sharpe's Regiment). Most of the fortune is spent on the new couple's lavish lifestyle. This is an ironic twist, because Sharpe had been in love with the upper class Jane for years (since obtaining a locket bearing her picture and meeting her on a recruiting mission), but could not have hoped to marry her until he gained the money that was stolen. While searching for Ducos during the peace following Napoleon's abdication, Sharpe meets the widow Lucille Castineau (nee Lassan), the sister of an French Captain he had previously battled. The couple settle on her family estate and have two children, Patrick-Henri in 1815 and Dominique in 1816. However, both children carried their mother's maiden name as Sharpe was not free to marry while Jane lived and divorces were not easy to come by. Presumably, Jane Sharpe spends the rest of her life in London living off the remains of Sharpe's fortune (of which 5,000 pounds remained after Rossendale's death at the battle of Waterloo). In 1861, when Patrick is a colonel in the Imperial Guard Cavalry observing the Union and Confederate Armies during the American Civil War, he relates to Nathaniel Starbuck how his father wanted him to join the light infantry and his mother the French cavalry. In Copperhead (The Starbuck Chronicles, Book II) Patrick mentions his mother is 'very lonely' so it can be assumed that Richard has died by this time. Dominique has married an aristocrat and has had children. The TV episode Sharpe's Challenge, meanwhile, is set in 1817 and sees Sharpe admit that Lucille is already dead, contradicting the books.This upset many of Sharpe's fans who had followed the books and series and felt that TV had corrupted the subject matter Teresa Moreno (d. ... Obadiah Hakeswill is a fictional British Sergeant who appears in several of the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell. ... Combatants French Empire United Kingdom Spain Portugal Commanders Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, Joseph Bonaparte Marquess of Wellington Strength 58,000 80,000 Casualties ~5,000 dead or wounded, 3,000 captured[1] ~5,000 dead or wounded[1] In the Battle of Vitoria (June 21, 1813) Wellington and his Portuguese and... Adultery is generally defined as consensual sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than their lawful spouse. ... Lord John Rossendale (17? - June 18, 1815) is minor protagonist in the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell. ... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... Lucille Castineau was Richard Sharpes third (common-law) wife in the Sharpe series of books. ... In this map:  Union states prohibiting slavery  Union territories  Border states on the Union side which allowed slavery  Kansas, which entered and fought with the Union as a free state after the Bleeding Kansas crisis  The Confederacy  Confederate claimed and sometimes held territories During the American Civil War, the Union... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Nathaniel Starbuck is a fictional Confederate Army Officer, copperhead and the main character in Bernard Cornwells Starbuck Chronicles. ... Traditionally light infantry (or skirmishers) were soldiers whose job was to provide a skirmishing screen ahead of the main body of infantry, harassing and delaying the enemy advance. ... The Starbuck Chronicles are a series of four books following the exploits of a young Boston-born Confederate Officer Nathaniel Starbuck in the early battles of the American Civil War, written by British author Bernard Cornwell, who also wrote the highly succesfull Sharpe Series. ... Aristocracy is a form of government in which rulership is in the hands of an upper class known as aristocrats. ... Sharpes Challenge is a British television drama, part of a series that follows the career of Richard Sharpe, a former British soldier who undertakes one last mission for his former commander, the Duke of Wellington. ...


The Sharpe Companion gives Sharpe's year of death as 1860, though this is never stated in any of the books.


Promotions

  • Circa 1793. Enlisted as a Private.
  • 04 May 1799. Promoted for gallantry to Sergeant after Siege of Seringapatam (Sharpe's Tiger).
  • 23 Sep 1803. Commissioned for gallantry as an Ensign after the Battle of Assaye by General Wellesley (Sharpe's Triumph).
  • Circa 1806. On transfer to the 95th Rifles, Sharpe becomes a Second Lieutenant, equivalent in rank to an Ensign, as the Rifles do not have Ensigns (Sharpe's Prey).
  • Circa 1807-08. Sharpe promoted to Lieutenant - the exact timeframe is not referred to in the novels but occurred sometime after the events of Sharpe's Prey and before Sharpe's Rifles.
  • Jul 1809. Gazetted by General Wellesley as a Captain after saving the Unit Colour of the South Essex Battalion at Valdelacasa (Sharpe's Eagle).
  • Jan 1812. Reverted to the rank of Lieutenant after his Gazettal as Captain was refused by the Horse Guards and in the absence of a vacant Captain's position in the South Essex (Sharpe's Company).
  • 07 Apr 1812. Restored to rank of Captain in the South Essex Battalion after successfully leading an unofficial forlorn hope to take the third breach of Badajoz and the death of several Captains in the Battalion (Sharpe's Company).
  • 14 Nov 1812. Promoted to the army (as opposed to regimental) rank of Brevet Major by the Prince Regent (Sharpe's Enemy).
  • 1815. Serves as Lieutenant Colonel in the Dutch Army lead by the Prince of Orange during the 100 days. He later acts as Lieutenant Colonel of his old battalion during the Battle of Waterloo.

Sharpes Tiger is Bernard Cornwells return to Richard Sharpe during his sojourn in India. ... Sharpes Triumph is a fast paced continuation of Richard Sharpe story in his early, pre-officer days. ... Sharpes Prey is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars . ... Sharpes Prey is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars . ... Sharpes Rifles was the first prequel novel in the series written by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Eagle is a historical novel, the 8th in the Richard Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell, set in July 1809. ... Sharpes Company covers the sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz during the winter/spring of 1812. ... Sharpes Company covers the sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz during the winter/spring of 1812. ... Sharpes Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ...

The Sharpe books in chronological order

Sharpes Tiger is Bernard Cornwells return to Richard Sharpe during his sojourn in India. ... In the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799, the Battle of Seringapatam was the final confrontation between the British and Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, who was killed when the British broke into the fortress. ... Sharpes Triumph is a fast paced continuation of Richard Sharpe story in his early, pre-officer days. ... Combatants United Kingdom Maratha Confederacy Commanders Arthur Wellesley Sindhia, Ragojee Bhonsla Strength 4,500 infantry, 2,000 cavalry 50,000 infantry, 100 cannons Casualties 3,657 6,000 The Battle of Assaye occurred September 23, 1803 near the village of Assaye in south-central India. ... Sharpes Fortress is the third (chronologically) of the Richard Sharpe series, and last of the Sharpe India trilogy, by English author Bernard Cornwell. ... Gawilghur (also Gawilgarh) is the name of well-fortified stronghold of the Maratha Empire. ... Sharpes Trafalgar is the 2000 historical novel by Bernard Cornwell. ... Combatants United Kingdom First French Empire Kingdom of Spain Commanders Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson † Pierre Charles Silvestre de Villeneuve Strength 27 ships of the line and 6 others. ... Sharpes Prey is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars . ... Combatants United Kingdom Denmark Commanders James Gambier Ernst Peymann Casualties 42 killed, 145 wounded, 24 missing[1] 5,000 soldiers and militia[1] The Second Battle of Copenhagen, (16 August - 5 September 1807) was a British attack on the civilian population of Copenhagen in order to seize the Danish fleet. ... Sharpes Rifles was the first prequel novel in the series written by Bernard Cornwell. ... Location Location of Santiago de Compostela Coordinates : , Time Zone : (GMT+01) Western Europe / Paris Standard Time - summer: (GMT+02) Western Europe / Paris Daylight Saving Time General information Native name Santiago de Compostela (Galician) Spanish name Santiago de Compostela Postal code 15700 Website http://www. ... Sharpes Havoc is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... Combatants First French Empire United Kingdom Commanders Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult General Lord Wellesley In the (Second) Battle of Oporto (or the Battle of the Douro) Wellesley took the town of Porto and the French lost heavily. ... Sharpes Eagle is a historical novel, the 8th in the Richard Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell, set in July 1809. ... The battle of Talavera was fought on July 27 and 28 of 1809 and resulted in the difficult victory of the British and Spanish under Sir Arthur Wellesley against the French under King Joseph. ... Sharpes Gold is a novel of historical fiction, a component of the Sharpe series and was written by Bernard Cornwell. ... Location    - Country Portugal    - Region Centro  - Subregion Beira Interior Norte  - District or A.R. Guarda Mayor António Ribeiro  - Party PSD Area 518. ... Sharpes Escape is the twentieth novel in Bernard Cornwells Sharpe series, finding the hero embroiled in the British retreat through Portugal in 1810 from the defence of the Ridge at Bussaco to the Lines of Torres Vedras, where the French offensive was successfully halted. ... The Battle of Buçaco was fought by British and Portuguese forces under the command of the Duke of Wellington on September 27, 1810, to check French pursuit of his retreat to the Lines of Torres Vedras. ... Sharpes Fury is to be Bernard Cornwells twenty first outing with Richard Sharpe. ... The Battle of Barrosa took place on March 5, 1811 between Anglo-Spanish and French forces as part of the Peninsular war. ... Sharpes Battle is a novel of historical fiction, a component of the Sharpe series written by Bernard Cornwell. ... The Battle of Fuentes de Onoro was fought between May 3 - 5, 1811 and saw the British army under Sir Arthur Wellesley check an attempt by French troops under Marshall André Masséna to relieve the beseiged city of Almeida. ... Sharpes Company covers the sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz during the winter/spring of 1812. ... The Siege Of Badajoz - 1812 Between March 16th and April 6th 1812, the Spanish city of Badajoz was besieged by an Anglo-Portuguese army under the command of Sir Arthur Wellesley, finally resulting in the surrender and retreat of the French garrison. ... Sharpes Sword covers the summer campaign of 1812, and the Battle of Salamanca on June 22nd 1812. ... Combatants United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain French Empire Commanders Earl of Wellington Auguste Marmont Strength 51,949[1] 49,647[2] Casualties 5,914 dead or wounded 13,000 dead, wounded, or captured The Battle of Salamanca (July 22, 1812) was an important victory for an Anglo-Portuguese army under Earl... Sharpes Skirmish is a historical short story by Bernard Cornwell in his series about the adventures of Richard Sharpe. ... Alba de Tormes is a village and municipality in the province of Salamanca, western Spain, part of the autonomous community of Castile-Leon. ... Sharpes Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812 is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... Sharpes Honour is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the Napoleonic Wars. ... Combatants French Empire United Kingdom Spain Portugal Commanders Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, Joseph Bonaparte Marquess of Wellington Strength 58,000 80,000 Casualties ~5,000 dead or wounded, 3,000 captured[1] ~5,000 dead or wounded[1] In the Battle of Vitoria (June 21, 1813) Wellington and his Portuguese and... Sharpes Regiment is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell. ... Sharpes Christmas containing two short stories of historical fiction, components of the Sharpe series, was written by Bernard Cornwell. ... For other uses, see Normandy (disambiguation). ... Sharpes Seige is a novel by Bernard Cornwell set in the napoleonic wars during the British Invasion of France in 1814. ... Sharpes Revenge is chronologically the twenty-first novel in the series written by Bernard Cornwell and published in 1989. ... The First Restoration, or Première Restauration in French, refers to Louis XVIII of Frances accession to the throne after Napoleons exile to Elba. ... Sharpes Waterloo is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell set during the 1815 Waterloo campaign. ... Combatants First French Empire Seventh Coalition: United Kingdom Kingdom of Prussia Kingdom of the United Netherlands Kingdom of Hanover Duchy of Nassau Duchy of Brunswick Commanders Napoleon Bonaparte, Michel Ney Duke of Wellington, Gebhard von Blücher Prince William of Orange Strength 73,000 67,000 Coalition 60,000 Prussian... Sharpes Devil is a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell. ... Combatants Chile Spain Commanders José Miguel Carrera Bernardo OHiggins Antonio Pareja Gabino Gaínza Mariano Osorio Casualties Unknown 1,000 Killed or Wounded, 2,000 Prisoners The independence of Chile from Spain was officially achieved on February 12, 1818. ...

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This article is about the television series. ... The South Essex Regiment, later the Prince of Wales Own Volunteers, is a fictional infantry regiment in the British Army that was created by Bernard Cornwell in the Sharpe series of books. ...

Sharpe Related Wikipedia Category Pages

  • Category:Sharpe series
  • Category:Richard Sharpe stories
  • Category:Sharpe TV series
  • Category:Sharpe characters

Further reading

  • Mark Adkin The Sharpe Companion, Harper Collins 1998, ISBN 0060738146
  • BJ Bluth Marching With Sharpe, Harper Collins 2003 (originally published in 2001), ISBN 0-00-414537-2

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