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Sharpe's Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwell
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Feb 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in February, 2008 , read count: 2

Only two men ever fought at both the Battle of Trafalgar and The Battle of Waterloo. One was a Spanish Gentleman who originally commanded a frigate against Nelson, before going on to be a trusted advisor to the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo; he later fought with Cortes in the Spanish rebellion of 1820 and in time became the Ambassador in England and was introduced to Coutts bank by the Iron Duke himself.

The other man shagged his way across the Atlantic, whoring it up with high-born wife of a British diplomat whilst carrying a fortune in stolen jewels he took from the body of Tippoo Sultan, having killed him in the water gate of Seringapatam. Fortunately Bernard Cornwall chose not to write Don Miguel Ricardo de Álava y Esquivel, Marquess de Álava's Trafalgar as it wouldn't have involved any shagging, whoring, bloody bastards, traitorous Frenchies or stolen jewels, and it would've been a poorer book for it. Huzzah!

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