The Fort (novel)

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The Fort
The Fort front book cover by Bernard Cornwell.jpg
Cover of the first UK edition
Author Bernard Cornwell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Historical Novel
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
30 September 2010
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 480 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 978-0-00-733172-7 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 636905232

The Fort is an historical novel written by Bernard Cornwell. The book relates to the events of the Penobscot Expedition of 1779 during the American Revolutionary War.[1] While centred on the efforts of a regiment of Scots to establish and hold the fort against superior numbers of American revolutionaries, it contrasts the actions of two military icons: John Moore (later Sir John), a young officer who later laid the foundations of the light infantry doctrine used by the 95th Rifles and others against the French in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; and Paul Revere, hero of Longfellow's poem written two generations later but, according to Cornwell's research, an insubordinate, unreliable and probably dishonest character who was a major factor in the defeat of the Americans.[citation needed]


  • The book was released on 30 September 2010 in the United Kingdom.[2]


  1. ^ "Bernard Cornwell - The Author's Official Site - Sharpe Books dot com". Bernard Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  2. ^ "The Fort (Book) by Bernard Cornwell (2010)". Waterstones. Retrieved 2010-07-03.