Sharpe's Skirmish

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Sharpe's Skirmish
Original 1999 edition
Author Bernard Cornwell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Richard Sharpe stories
Genre Historical short story
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
1999 (Original Limited Edition Paperback)
2002 (Revised Extended Paperback edition)
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 63 pp (Revised Extended Paperback edition)
ISBN 978-0-9722220-0-6 (Revised Extended Paperback edition)
OCLC 51160220
Preceded by Sharpe's Sword
Followed by Sharpe's Enemy

"Sharpe's Skirmish" is a historical short story by Bernard Cornwell in the Richard Sharpe series.

"Sharpe's Skirmish" was first written in 1998. British bookseller W. H. Smith[1] devised the idea of giving away a Sharpe short story with every copy of Sharpe's Fortress, possibly why "Sharpe’s Skirmish" often refers to events that happened in the latter book.[citation needed] Only a few thousand copies were originally published, however an edition has been republished by the Sharpe Appreciation Society.


This short story occurs after Sharpe's Sword and before Sharpe’s Enemy in the summer of 1812 and Sharpe must guard a Commissary Officer posted to an obscure Spanish fort where there are some captured French muskets. Unbeknown to the British, the French are planning a lightning raid on the fort across the river Tormes, and they reckon the Spanish fort which guards an ancient bridge across the river will be lightly guarded.

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

References are made to incidents during the Peninsular War and the Siege of Gawilghur. Lieutenant General Wellington was based on the real historical figure of the same name with limited dramatic licence taken.

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