The Last Kingdom – Bernard Cornwell

I thought that this was just a one off, but no it turns out to be the start of The Saxon Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell’s telling of the creation of the Kingdom of England under King Alfred the Great. The Last Kingdom introduces us to Uhtred, born a Northumbrian (Christian) but brought up a Dane (Viking) – a clash of cultures that continues through the series (and is a handy device for highlighting the various perspectives in play in the second half of the 9th century).

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Sharpe’s Rifles – Bernard Cornwell

Newly-made Lieutenant Sharpe, a strong box of secrets, a Spanish Major and snow. Oh, and the first encounter between Richard Sharpe and the South Essex, including Pat (not yet Sergeant) Harper… things do not start well…. Yes, it’s the start of the Sharpe series as we know it!

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Sharpe’s Triumph – Bernard Cornwell

At last! I bridge the gap in the Indian years of Sharpe’s saga – and get to read about that first fated meeting between Sergeant Sharpe and Major-General Arthur Wellesley at the Battle of Assaye. A brilliant read, although I wish I’d got Sharpe’s Fortress still to come. Mind you, Martin tells me there is a TV special in the offing…. Sharpe’s Peril. Huzzah!

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Sharpe’s Tiger – Bernard Cornwell

Subtitled Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam 1799 the novel deals with the battles between the British Army and the troops of the Tippoo of Mysore, culminating in the siege of the Tippoo’s city fortress at Seringapatam.

From Sharpe’s perspective, it is the first instalment and deals with the early years of his career; we learn how he first makes the move from the ranks to sergeant and how he meets Colonel McCandless, the history behind his 200 lashes and the origins of mutual loathing between Sharpe and Obidiah Hakeswill.

As ever, a rollicking great read!

Now I need to lay my hand on the next in the (chronological) series: Sharpe’s Triumph

Sharpe’s Tiger – Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe Novels: an Amazon Listmania list, giving the Sharpe series in order of event rather than publication.

Sharpe’s Havoc – Bernard Cornwell

1809, Portugal: Richard Sharpe and his riflemen are separated from the British Army, and under orders to locate and protect Miss Kate Savage, only daughter of one of the wealthy English Oporto wine merchants. A ripping yarn, featuring battles against overwhelming odds, where base born soldiering skills outwit French mortars and Dragoons, and horrific violence of victor over vanquished. The action culminates in the battle to liberate Oporto, and a route march through the mountains, as British and Portuguese armies and partizans try to cut off the fleeing French Army’s only escape.

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Sharpe Novels: an Amazon Listmania list, giving the Sharpe series in order of event rather than publication.