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CORNWELL, Bernard. Sharpe's Escape : Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign, 1810 . (London): HarperCollins Publishers, (2004). First UK Printing. Pp. (10),-351,(7). Illustrated with maps. 8vo, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Bernard Cornwell, OBE (b. February 23, 1944, London). "It is1810 and the French are making yet another attempt to invade Portugal and push the British back into the sea by sending their largest army yet acrossthe Spanish frontier. Facing them is a wasted land, stripped of food by We llington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe. But Sharpe is in trouble. His job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat froma better connected officer and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus, who has devised a simple way of ingratiating himself with the French invaders who, he is certain, will be Portugal's new rulers. But Ferragus hasnot reckoned on Sharpe who, discarded by his regiment, wages a private war against Ferragus, a war fought through and beneath the burning, pillaged s treets of Coimbra, Portugal's ancient university city. Sharpe's enemies arenumerous but by his side he has Sergeant Harper, the Portuguese officer Jo rge Vicente, and a prickly English governess whose first aim is to clean upSharpe's language. The rivalry will take Sharpe and Ferragus south towards Lisbon, towards the trap that Lord Wellington has set, to the place where the French must be stopped; the massive lines of Torres Vedras. There, beneath the British guns, Sharpe will meet all his enemies in a swirling, bitter skirmish: there the French threat to Lisbon ends." - from the dj. Faint smudge to bottom edge, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 25.00
Title: Sharpe's Escape : Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign, 1810. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: HarperCollins, London, 2004, ISBN:0007120133:
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