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Sharpe's enemy: Richard Sharpe and the defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812

Sharpe's enemy: Richard Sharpe and the defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812

Cornwell, Bernard

Newly promoted, Major Richard Sharpe leads his small force into the biting cold of the winter mountains, his task to rescue the well-born women held hostage by a rabble of deserters

Paperback, Book. English. War stories. General.
Published London: Harper, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0007452977, 9780007452972
Note: Originally published: London: Collins, 1984.
Physical Description: 380 p. : map ; 20 cm.
Series: The Sharpe series
Subject: Portugal History Maria I, 1777-1816 Fiction.; Sharpe, Richard (Fictitious character) Fiction.; Great Britain. Army History 19th century Fiction.; Soldiers Fiction.; Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 Fiction.
Series Title: Sharpe series.

Author note

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.


Major Sharpe, in the bitter winter, must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy.

Newly promoted, he is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women, held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's bitter enemy.

Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence - but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. For to surrender or to fail would mean the end of the war for the Allied armies.

Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.


'Sharpe and his creator are national treasures.' Sunday Telegraph

'Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.' Daily Mail

'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' Observer

'The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.' George R.R. Martin