Sharpe's Trafalgar

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Sharpe's Trafalgar
First edition cover
First edition cover
Author Bernard Cornwell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Richard Sharpe stories
Genre Historical novels
Publisher Harper Collins
Publication date
3 April 2000
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback) and audio-CD
Pages 288 pp (hardcover edition))
384 pp (paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-00-225874-9 (hardcover edition)
ISBN 0-00-651309-3 (paperback edition)
OCLC 42952997
Preceded by Sharpe's Fortress
Followed by Sharpe's Prey

Sharpe's Trafalgar is the fourth historical novel in the Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell, first published in 2000. It is the first of the novels in the wars against Napoleon, putting the army ensign at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Plot summary[edit]

The year is 1805, and Richard Sharpe is heading from India to England aboard the cargo ship Calliope. Also on board is the lovely Lady Grace Hale, whose presence promises to provide intrigue and distraction to an otherwise uneventful voyage home.

Uneventful the voyage is not, for the Calliope is captured by a formidable French warship, the Revenant. The French warship is headed to its own fleet, carrying a stolen treaty that, if delivered, could provoke Indians into a new war against the British.

The arrival of Admiral Horatio Nelson's well-led fleet leads to a confrontation with the Spanish fleet.

Characters in "Sharpe's Trafalgar"[edit]

  • Richard Sharpe – now an ensign in the British army
  • Lady Grace Hale – another passenger on the ship Calliope and wife of Lord Hale
  • Lord William Hale - British Diplomat
  • Horatio Nelson – Admiral of the British fleet
  • Joel Chase - Captain of the Pucelle and friend of Sharpe from India
  • Peculiar Cromwell - Captain of the Calliope until her capture by the Revenant

Allusions to actual history, geography and current science[edit]

  • In his historical note, Cornwell comments that, aside from Sharpe, a fictional character, only one person in recorded history was present at the Battles of both Trafalgar and Waterloo: Miguel de Álava, originally a Marine in the Spanish Navy at the time when Spain was allied with France, later a general and close personal friend of the Duke of Wellington.

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