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Sharpe en Trafalgar/ Sharpe's Trafalgar (Sharpe, #4) (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #4)

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A dazzling nautical adventure that finds Bernard Cornwell's beloved ensign Richard Sharpe in the middle of one of history's most spectacular naval engagements: the battle at Cape Trafalgar off the coast of Spain.

The year is 1805, and Richard Sharpe, having completed his tour in India (Sharpe's Tiger; Sharpe's Triumph; Sharpe's Fortress), is headed back to England, where he

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published 2005 by Edhasa (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jason Koivu
Like a fish out of water, British soldier Richard Sharpe takes to the sea!

Seems as if Bernard Cornwell was itching to tackle this most epic of all British naval battles and to do so he manufactured his hero Sharpe into the action. I can't blame him, it's one of the biggest events of the Napoleonic War, and if that's the backdrop to your series it stands to reason you'd want to showcase this particular battle in some way.

Contrived as it may be, Sharpe's Trafalgar is one of Cornwell's better effo
The actual battle is just the last bit of the book, which is fine. Sharpe has to take a ship back to England & Cromwell paints a logical picture of why Sharpe, an army soldier, would wind up in this battle. He admits he had no real business there, but it works well & gave me a visceral picture of life on board the ships of the time as well as covering this pivotal battle of the era.

Life on a ship of this time was rough. Sharpe, as an ensign, is in the perfect position to show us all aspe
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Aqua-Sharpe! would have been a cooler title, but this was still good fun. This is an obvious departure for the series, and one I was kinda skeptical about but Cornwell just knows how to spin a well-paced story. I really have little to no interest in naval stuff but I kept turning the pages so it's all a credit to his ease with storytelling. I mean, the plot alone sounds really terribly boring: it's basically about Sharpe's boat ride to England during which he becomes involved in Trafalga ...more
OK, I give up. Listened to 6 discs and for the most part found myself not anxious to keep listening. Some of the story was interesting, and I appreciate the historical details the author presented, but I just couldn't muster enough interest to finish it. I really enjoy the Sharpe televised stories but I think that will be as far as my interest in the Sharpe world go.

One funny thing - Richard meets up with a Captain Chase...who has blonde hair and enjoys coffee. In another universe, his name migh
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I had a cracking time reading Sharpe's Trafalgar. Not quite as polished as the works of Patrick O'Brian, Bernard Cornwell's naval Sharpe adventure still managed to be exciting, suspenseful and fun.

And if you are to read the Sharpe books in chronological order, Sharpe's Trafalgar marks the moment when Sharpe can be seen as nothing other than anti-hero bastard extraordinaire. He is a murderer, pure and simple, and we can't help loving him for it and pulling for him all the way.
A Bald Mage** Steve
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I've been meaning to review these for ages, I read all these books a long time ago and I think I would have to re-read them to remember every story line. That's the problem with trying to review books you read over ten years ago. When I read these books it was a happy time for me as I received all the collection including the short stories as a wedding present ten years ago and as I celebrate my tenth anniversary of being married to my beautiful wife, I wanted to save my overall review of the se ...more
Great fun and informative as well, but loses points for anachronisms. "Lord Horatio Nelson" is unforgivable.
Carol Storm
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's how to read this book. Start on chapter ten, right where Sharpe is waiting for the battle to start. Read right though to the end of the book, because it's non stop brutally graphic combat action at sea. Except for some incredibly tense scenes between Lord William and Lady Grace. When you reach the end of the book, go back and skim through the first few chapters just to find out how sharp got mixed up with Lady Grace and what happened to Braithwaite.

This is definitely a great book, but th
Kate Sherrod
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I'll admit, I've been putting off reading this one just because the very idea of it seemed ludicrous and forced to me. As has been very firmly established, our man Richard Sharpe is a daring, lucky and resourceful infantry officer. Infantry. The guy can barely ride a horse, but he's the devil in a red coat on foot. But see, Trafalgar was a naval battle. As in between ships. Admiral Nelson. Sailing maneuvers (or lack thereof: just go right at 'em). Ramming. Boarding parties. Being on the wate ...more
Kathy Davie
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, military, action
Fourth in the Richard Sharpe historical military fiction series, set in 1805 amidst the Battle of Trafalgar.

My Take
I do so love Richard Sharpe! Okay, okay, so I fell in love with Sean Bean in the television series first, but it only turned me on to Cornwell's series! I swear! The series is an incredible exploration of early 19th century English culture with its mores, style, and class system particularly an inside peek into its military culture. And as much as I enjoy the television series, I ad
John Caviglia
As I recently read Pérez Reverte’s Cabo Trafalgar—then, to check on the historicity of Reverte’s presentation of the battle from the Spanish point of view, delved intoThe Trafalgar Companion: The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Sea Battle and the Life of Admiral Lord Nelson—this is the first of the Sharpe's based on a battle I know something about … which leads to a suite of observations.

Considering the two novels as vehicles for presenting history, Pérez Reverte gets the definite nod, s
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I would like to read series in order, but in Cornwell' very popular Sharpe series, he is writing them out of chronological sequence, so that' impossible. This one takes place fourth sequentially, but is the most recent of seventeen to be published. Cornwell is prolific and a master storyteller.

The story opens with Sharpe in India, having been there several years but now about to return to England having joined up with the 95th Rifles. He' an ensign, a low ranking officer promoted out
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical, war
On his way home to England, Sharpe sails with one Captain Peculiar Cromwell, and meets up with his old cordial enemy, Pohlmann. He also begins an affair with the wife of the cold and haughty Lord Hale. But Cromwell and Pohlmann have sold the ship to the French, and when Sharpe and the crew are rescued by Captain Chase, the hunt is on, which leads them to meet Nelson and fight in the Battle of Trafalgar.

This is another very good entry in the series, though I must say I don’t care for nautical fic
Nancy Ellis
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew! That last third of this book takes you through the Battle of Trafalgar, and when you finally reach the last page, you realize you've been holding your breath the whole time! Sharpe is making his way from India back to England to join the 95th Rifles. On board, of course, is a beautiful woman and her not-very-nice husband. Well, it is a Sharpe story after all.....there HAS to be a woman!! Meanwhile, the ship is captured by a French ship, then re-captured by a British, so on and so forth unt ...more
Steve Archer
Maybe it's just because I had the same problem with Dan Brown but starting to find the whole series somewhat repetitive.

Sharpe can't be seen for anything more than his past, a high ranking official takes a shine to him, they go through some bad times, sharpe disregards orders to leave the bad guy alive and the next book starts.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharpe has somehow been shoehorned in to the battle of Trafalgar and is found to be very much at sea and out of his depth (see what I did there).

As usual the formulae stays the same; Intrigue + Girl + Danger + Battle + Revenge = Victory.

Never the less it was a Jolly Romp that caused no harm, except possibly a minor powder burn to Historical Accuracy.
Drew Ck
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ensign Sharpe proves he's just as deadly on the high seas as he is on solid ground.
This novel is a bit of an anomaly in the Sharpe series because it introduces a naval battle into a set of adventures that have involved Richard Sharpe thus far in land battles. The graphic clarity of the author's description of the Battle of Trafalgar with all of its horror, gore and heroics is excellent - as one comes to expect in novels by Bernard Cornwell. This novel may be an anomaly, but it is by no means a disappointment - quite to the contrary.

Sharpe, having been dismissed from his regime
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something different in this series, as Sharpe sails from assignment India to return to England in 1805. Excellent descriptions of life at sea, enlivened by Sharpe finding his true love (at least for a book or two) and defending her from various villains aboard the ship(s) on which they travel. Obviously, it all culminates in Sharpe's ship (which is shipshape) sharing shots in the shattering Battle of Trafalgar, one of the most famous naval engagements of all time. Aficionados won't be surprised ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Sharpe's Trafalgar, and foresee no diminishing my enjoyment of Sharpe's adventures through the Napoleonic Wars. Having finished Sharpe's Tiger, Triumph, Fortress, Trafalgar and Prey in a 5 month period, my recommendation when reading the Sharpe novels is to enjoy the first 2/3 at a leisurely pace as Sharpe receives the brunt of several injustices and hardships, but then plan to read the final 1/3 of any Sharpe novel at a brisk pace, consistent with the pace of a major battle ...more
Patrick Young
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I just love Trafalgar, I ve read about every account of the battle and stood on the HMS Victory where Nelson was killed, so I had to give this a rare 5 stars.

I also love the rather detailed account of life at sea. I spent a year or so at sea so again a lot of nostalgia.

Other than that typical Sharpe book, he is always a lovable rogue, falls in love again (yawn) kills a few people who deserve it and a few who don't, ends up covered in blood after killing like a thousand frogs (frenchies),
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
delivers what you expect from Bernard Cornwell. A good plot based on historic facts with a few key plausible main characters and enough 'extra's to keep the story moving without getting bogged down in detail. That Sint to say the prose isn't good - it is excellent. Cornwell departs from the land in this story, and displays his expertise in his craft with an excellent tale of the Battle of Trafalgar into which he weaves his characters with his customary style and verve. A solid read about the Cho ...more
Shivam Bahuguna
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Cornwell book after Agincourt.
I really admire Cornwell's talent of combining minute historical details with taking fictional liberties to give a thoroughly entertaining read.
This one took place mostly at sea among sailing ships, so it became necessary for me to look up the nautical terms to enjoy the novel better. But I wouldn't call it a drawback. If you are reading a Cornwell book, you have to expect these.
Really enjoyed reading it. Eagerly looking forward to fine more books
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A weaker entry. It's mostly set on a ship and it's about a romance between Sharpe and Grace. Obviously, their love is forbidden. At the end, there's the Battle of Trafalgar, which was a pretty big deal. And that seems to be why the novel was written. Also, the cover of my book, which is mostly great, states that Sharpe travels on the Revenant. He does not -- the ship he is on pursues the Revenant.
Karen Ogle
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the Cornwell books I have read but I will be following up with many more. I love history and while this is with fictional characters it is woven with a great deal of real events. There is just enough romance to keep it from being a dry read to those who don't care for historical books. Sh
Vinothraj J
Sharpe #4.

My first read of a naval battle. It was very interesting, and the reduced amount of war details, compared to his earlier adventures, was a relief.

As Sharpe moves back to Europe, I am going to miss the Indian setting from now on. :(

With the ending, one hopes Sharpe will have happiness at last.

Yeah, right.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der mir schon liebgewonnene Ensign Sharpe reist per Schiff von Indien zurück nach England und gerät (bei diesem Titel völlig überraschend) in die Seeschlacht von Trafalgar.
Bisher der schwächste Teil der Reihe. Sharpe ist kein Seemann und das merkt man. Auch die Einbettung in die historischen Umstände ist Cornwell diesmal in meinen Augen nicht so gut gelungen. Beispielhaft der Satz aus dem Nichts: "Nelson ist tot". Nähere Umstände hätten sich hier angeboten, werden aber nicht bedient. Das kann de
Billy Roper
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another great book by Bernard Cornwell. I now will read another in the series. I learned more about the Battle of Trafalgar than I had ever known before. Recommended for all students and lovers of history.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cornwell writes amazing battle scenes. Here he takes his hero, Richard Sharpe, off terra ferma and puts him on a ship or two. His heroism continues to be the focus of Cornwell's telling of British military history. Lots more battles and Sharpe Tales ahead. Oh joy!
John Mutchek
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, adventure
Not quite as good as the other books I've read in this series simply because much of the story takes place on sailing ships and I had a hard time keeping the various nautical terms straight. The author promises that Sharpe will be back on land in the next book though.
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Other Books in the Series

Richard Sharpe (chronological order) (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, #1)
  • Sharpe's Triumph (Sharpe, #2)
  • Sharpe's Fortress (Sharpe, #3)
  • Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe, #5)
  • Sharpe's Rifles (Sharpe, #6)
  • Sharpe's Havoc (Sharpe, #7)
  • Sharpe's Eagle (Sharpe, #8)
  • Sharpe's Gold (Sharpe, #9)
  • Sharpe's Escape (Sharpe, #10)
  • Sharpe's Fury (Sharpe, #11)
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