Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 Setting & Symbolism

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Wapping

This is an area of London near the Thames River. It is where Sharpe grew up.

Copenhagen

This capital of Denmark is bombarded by the British in 1807 in an effort to capture the Danish naval fleet.

Footpad

This is a term for a robber who preys on pedestrians. Barker is a former footpad.

Heat-shot

This is the practice of heating cannon balls before they are fired so that they will start fires in wooden structures. It is particularly effective against wooden sailing vessels.

Bomb ship

This type of vessel is armed with mortars for bombarding places on land. Many of these ships are sailed near Copenhagen where they conduct the devastating bombardment.

95th Rifles

These elite light infantry troops wore a green uniform instead of the usual red uniforms of British soldiers.

The French Horn

This tavern is popular with British Army officers. It is here that...

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