Redcoat is the story of the Valley Forge winter during the American Revolution – told from the redcoat’s point of view. I was very aware of trespassing on the. From THE BESTSELLING author Bernard Cornwell comes Redcoat Philadelphia in is a city at war – not just between American troops. Yet the true battle has only just begun. On both sides, loyalties are tested and families torn asunder. The young Redcoat Sam Gilpin has seen his brother die.

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Anyone with a historical background will love the details. Their enlistments have brought them to the thick of bloody guerrilla warfare in the American colonies. Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of “warm-up” novels. The series posits that post-Roman Britain was a difficult time for the native Britons, being threatened by invasion from the Anglo-Saxons in the East and raids from the Irish in the West.

Sharpe’s Battle takes place during the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? The story lacks much reference to events outside of Philadelphia, but that contributes to the sense of isolation felt by the occupying army.

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War of the Wolf: This book by Bernard Cornwall was a bit different from many of his novels that take place during a war. It’s not a sequel, or connected in any way with this book, but sounds interesting.

Historical fiction is how I prefer to get my history, and Cornwell does a great job of working in the minute details of the time and place to make that piece of history come alive for me.

Please don’t hide me. Philadelphia was a very divided city and its British occupation could not have been easy. Interesting story mixed with historical facts. Although Cornwell is British, he writes a novel in which the British army, its officers and its soldiers come off as villains, while Americans who remain loyal to the revolution are shown as heroes.


Works by Bernard Cornwell. Some readers lament that this novel lacks Cornwell’s trademark epic battle scenes, espousing every gory detail. The story begins as the British defeat Washington at Germantown prior to entering the city, and ends with Howe transferring command to Clinton the following spring.

And their position at Howe’s PhiladelPhia headquarters brings them into contact with the household of Martha Crowl, a rich rebel sympathizer, her brother Jonathon, and Jonathon’s feisty fiancee Caroline. The rebel forces under the leadership of Mister Washington exist only as shapes in the If you have read other Cornwell books you will know that he likes to write about roguish heroes, dynamic damsels, irredeemable villains, thrilling adventures full of zero sum games, and brutal historic battles.

A gripping story with a slightly unbelievable happy endingRedcoat gives real insight into the American revolution and life as a redcoat versus life as a rebel.

Essentially, this novel centers on one principal character – Sam Gilpin, a British army private. If you liked “Turn” the series on AMC about the American spies during the revolutionary war, you will like this book. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. A Novel Saxon Tales.

Parties, passions, and politics swirl through redcaot city held by the British but surrounded by rebel forces and sympathizers. Account Options Sign in. This is during while the British controlled the Rebels Capitol of Philadelphia.

I like Cornwell’s writing and he is true to history. The Redcoat is Sam Gilpin, a country boy who reluctantly left England to protect his weaker twin, brother Nate, who swallowed the ancient lies of a recruiting sergeant and took the King’s shilling.


Redcoat by Bernard Cornwell

The Fort is another of Cornwell’s standalone novels, published in The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourta devastating defeat suffered by the French during the Hundred Years’ War. Battle Flag Starbuck Chronicles.

USA 1 England 0. Historical civilian characters, on the other hand, are in short rrdcoat. Feb 04, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: Now I’m not saying the stories aren’t for the most part well-written — even exciting at times.

Sir William Howe, commander-in-chief of British corndell in America is convinced that the occupation of Philadelphia will bring the rebels to sue for peace. I’ve had this book for 20 odd years.

Redcoat Bernard Cornwell No preview available – How can this bad title be fixed in Goodreads? The fictional British Captain Vane becomes an aide to General Howe, which makes him privy to goings-on at headquarters. Apr 09, sarg rated it it was amazing. Feb 19, Recdoat Reas rated cognwell really liked it. That kind of depth of character is what keeps me turning the pages of any book.

Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in cornaell television adaptations of the first eight books of his Sharpe series. Be the first to discover new talent! He is best known for his novels about Napoleonic Wars rifleman Richard Sharpe. War is bloody and hard. Did you know that it was considered a luxury to have dentures that were crafted from teeth yanked from the heads of soldiers who died on the battlefield?

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