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Siege
Sharpe's Siege
Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814
Author Bernard Cornwell
Publisher HarperCollins


Published 1987
ISBN 0-00-221431-8
Preceded by Sharpe's Christmas
Followed by Sharpe's Revenge

Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814

The invasion of France is under way and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast - one of the most dangerous missions of his career.

Through the reckless incompetence of a naval commander, Sharpe finds himself abandoned in the heart of enemy territory, facing overwhelming forces and the very real prospect of defeat. He has no choice but to trust his fortunes to an American privateer - a man who has no love for the British invaders.


CharactersEdit


LocationsEdit

  • St Jean de Luz
  • HMS Vengeance
  • HMS Scylla
  • the Amelie
  • Teste de Buch fort


TimelineEdit

  • February 23rd  1814 - (Chapter 1)


See AlsoEdit

Other DetailsEdit

The novel was adapted for the Sharpe television series. The adaptation created a sister for Maquerre, Catherine (Amira Casar), who remains behind at the fort when it is captured by the British. The Naval element is removed, and Bampfylde becomes the new commanding officer of the Prince of Wales' Own Volunteers and Killick is omitted altogether. Hogan is replaced with Major-General Ross, and both he and Sharpe's wife suffer from fever but recover. Ducos poses as the Mayor of Bordeaux, who is a separate character in the novel, and Maquerre's death is altered. The adaptation ends with Bampfylde being arrested.

Book DetailsEdit

  • Copyright: Rifleman Productions Ltd 1989
  • First Published: 1989
  • ISBN 0006510418 - HarperCollins Paperback edition (1997)
  • ISBN 0745158773 -  Chivers Audio Books Audio Cassette edition - Narrator: William Gaminara (April 1991)