Sharpe's Gold
Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810
Author Bernard Cornwell
Publisher HarperCollins
Cover Wellingtons's March from Quatre Bas to Waterloo by Ernest Crofts
Written 1981
Published 1981
ISBN ISBN 0006173144 (paperback edition)
Preceded by Sharpe's Havoc
Followed by Sharpe's Escape

Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810

Richard Sharpe is delighted when, after long months of patrolling duties, he and his regiment are summoned north by Wellington. But his new mission is desperate and dangerous; to go behind enemy lines to recover the gold, vital to the success of the war.

The treasure is in the possession of a powerful guerrilla a leader, feared by ally and enemy alike.


Spoiler Warning: Plot or ending details follow!
This novel introduces Theresa Morena and her partisan band.



  • The book's dedication reads "This book is for Andrew Gardner with much gratitude"
  • On the road to Casatejada, Sharpe reports that he has only 20 Riflemen, including himself and Harper, out of the 31 survivors of the retreat to Corunna. These include Privates Batten and Roach, Riflemen Hagman, Jenkins, Tongue, plus Corporal Kelly, Sergeants Harper and Reid, and Lieutenant Knowles,


August 1810

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