The first one
The Second Mahratta War (1803)
Again very interesting and informative about a campaign I had not the slightest clue and it is always good, what we say in German - Über den eigenen Tellerrand schauen - to look over the rim of your own plate .
The next one
The Greatest Novels on the Napoleonic Era
Rachel Stark, Gavin Lewis, Andy Young and Marcus Cribb join me to make the cases for the greatest novels on the Napoleonic era, championing the top 4 as voted for by the public in my recent twitter poll. The Aubrey-Maturin series, War and Peace, Hornblower series and Sharpe series all feature, and we also cover some honourable mentions.
Evidently Anglo phones have to chose almost Anglo authored books, the nobel exception of War and Peace.
I have to admit I have my problems with novels on the Napoleonic area because I find the real stories - memoires much more fascinating and - just to say at the start of this I find Sharp incredibly boring and no Cornwell got a lot of fine details completely wrong - and show only the most superficial knowledge about the small print nor does he create the feel of the time, it is a modern person in a clichée of Napoleonic warfare.
However I did enjoy some noves, Hornblower, which I read in my teenage years and formed a quite a pro British view of Naval Warfare - and the very best novels by
Histoire d’un conscrit de 1813 (1864)
Waterloo (sequel to Conscrit de 1813, 1865)
Those two are so well written, that initially I was under the impression that they were true memoires.
I don't know if there are translations in English available maybe for those reason they are completely ignored (which is good to keep the good stuff for yourself 😏)
Now about Sharpy, and yes I know I am a minority here, boring, historically on the myth level, and yes re enactment did exist for the better before Sharp because instead of reading Sharp you would read like Rifleman Harris and a lot of others and you would find out small print about daily life or how to load a rifle by reading other works as Sharp.
Sharp is as bad a reading the memoires of Nabulieone.
I binned all my Sharp novels I bought.
Also - to add - I found them very boring and it was an ordeal to read them front to cover. Why waste my time with it while I could read much more fascinating stuff about real people.