Special Sub-Topic: Sharpe's Battles
|In which novel did the battle of Talavera take place?|
Sharpe's Eagle. Sharpe famously took an Imperial eagle from the French at Talavera. Sharpe is, of course, a fictional character. In real life, no eagle was taken at Talavera.
|'Where are we going?' in Sharpe's Company?|
Badajoz. On the march to Badajoz, the men keep shouting 'Where are we going?' as they enjoy the shout 'Badajoz' with a spit at the finish.
|Sharpe plays a vital role in the seige of Gawilghur in which novel?|
Sharpe's Fortress. Sharpe spots a possible route into the formidable fort and leads a successful attack. Bernard Cornwell took his inspriration from the 94th Light Company who led the actual attack in 1803.
|During the seige of which city did Sharpe kill the Tipoo Sultan?|
Seringapatem. Chronologically the first of Sharpe's adventures.
|No prizes for guessing which battles took place in Sharpe's Trafalgar and Sharpe's Waterloo but who is the only recorded historical character to have fought in both battles?|
Miguel de Alava. He was an officer in the Spanish Navy at the time of Trafalgar and so fought on the side of Napoleon. By 1815, Spain was a British ally and General de Alva, as he had become, was Wellington's Spanish Liaison Officer.
|Where does Sharpe track down Ducos to reap his revenge?|
Naples. Fredrickson, in true detective style, goes to Paris and tracks Ducos down through his optician, using the spectacles which Sharpe had taken from his enemy and ground underfoot.
|In which novel does Sharpe lead his men in the Vitoria Campaign?|
Sharpe's Honour. The British Army took a huge amount of plunder at Vitoria. Sharpe and Harper found their fortunes, though Sharpe later lost his to his faithless wife, Jane.
|Where is Sharpe fighting in Sharpe's Devil?|
South America. Sharpe and Harper finally meet the Emperor Napoleon.
|In Sharpe's Enemy, the battle fought is fictional but what do we learn Sharpe's favourite food to be?|
roast potatoes. This is the only Sharpe novel featuring a fictional battle.
|On what date did Sharpe save Arthur Wellesley's life at the battle of Assaye?|
23rd September 1803. Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington, did indeed come close to death at the Battle of Assaye after losing his horse. As Sharpe is a fictional character, it seems likely he defended himself with his sword rather than being saved by a dashing Sergeant.
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