Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 The Complete Sharpe Collection with a new introduction by the author It was a hard winter.
For Richard Sharpe it was the worst he could remember. He had lost his command to a wealthy man -- a man with money to buy the promotion Sharpe coveted. And from England came his oldest enemy -- the ruthless, indestructible Hakeswill -- utterly intent on ruining Sharpe.
But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. And the surest way is to lead the bloody attack on the impregnable fortress town of Badajoz, a road to almost certain death -- or unimagined glory!
About the Author
Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, set during the Napoleonic Wars; the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, about American Civil War; the Warlord Trilogy, about Arthurian England; and, most recently, Stonehenge 2000 B.C.: A Novel and The Archer's Tale.
Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC TV for seven years, mostly as producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television's Thames at Six. Mr. Cornwell lives with his wife on Cape Cod.
Third novel in the Richard Sharpe saga of the Peninsular War, covering January through April 1812 and the siege of Badajoz. Now a field captain, Sharpe is reluctantly drawn into the bloody suicide attack on the breached wall of besieged Ciudad Rodrigo: he helps to save the day and Colonel Lawford (whose arm Sharpe has to amputate on the field). Also on the scene: Spanish mistress Teresa, now a guerrilla and the mother of Sharpe's baby. And Sharpe's new sergeant is the hated Hakeswill, a seemingly indestructible sadist who tries to rape Teresa. Meanwhile, however, Sharpe's captaincy has been refused by Whitehall - and sold to a younger man, who now takes charge of Sharpe's company. So Sharpe volunteers, as senior lieutenant, to lead the suicidal charge at Badajoz, the largest French fortress in Spain. The siege is a long horror of mud and rain. Hakeswill robs the officers' baggage, plants evidence in Sharpe's sergeant's pack, gets the man court-martialed and flogged. Sharpe leads the "Forlorn Hope" troops into massive waves of death. Hakeswill again tries to rape Teresa but is stopped, goes mad, and escapes. And Sharpe finally regains his rank, marrying Teresa. Like previous installments: gory, lively, reasonably authentic. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Richard Sharpe Adventure Ser.
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: June 1994
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 11.3 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.186