Friday, June 22, 2012

Join the Sharpe Watch - Sharpe Sundays Starts this Sunday with Sharpe's Rifles

Sharpe’s Rifles
It’s 1809 and Sergeant Richard Sharpe of the second Battalion of the 95th Rifles is in Portugal. The British Army is there fighting against Napoleon Bonaparte and the French in the Peninsular War (Spanish War of Independence.) Through an act of bravery Sharpe receives a field commission making him a lieutenant and is given command of the 95th Rifles under Captain Murray. The Rifles, also known as the Chosen Men, are not very accepting of his command because he was raised from the ranks and is not a proper officer.  But Sharpe has been given a special mission by Sir Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) to find a missing agent behind enemy lines and he’s determined to do so despite many setbacks.  But when Sharpe encounters two Spanish guerrilla leaders, one of them a woman, he begins to wander what his mission really is.   

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In his novels Bernard Cornwell likes to mix real life historical figures with his fictional characters.  In this first episode of Sharpe Series 1 we'll meet two important historical figures:

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (1 May 1769[1] – 14 September 1852), was a British soldier and statesman, a native of Ireland, from the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy,[3] and one of the leading military and political figures of the 19th century. He is often referred to as "the Duke of Wellington", even after his death, when there have been subsequent Dukes of Wellington. 
From Wikipedia:,_1st_Duke_of_Wellington

Nathan Mayer Rothschild

Nathan Mayer, Freiherr von Rothschild (16 September 1777 – 28 July 1836), known as Nathan Mayer Rothschild, was a British banker and financier and one of five sons of the second-generation of the Rothschild banking dynasty. 
From Wikipedia:

Or could be his brother James Rothschild who aided his brother Nathan during the Napoleonic Wars:


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