Sharpe's Prey
Richard Sharpe and the Expedition to Copenhagen 1807
Author Bernard Cornwell
Publisher HarperCollins

Published April 2001
ISBN 0-00-225875-7 (hardcover edition)

ISBN 0-00-651310-7 (paperback edition)

Preceded by Sharpe's Trafalgar
Followed by Sharpe's Rifles

Chronologically the 5th book in the Richard Sharpe series. It takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1807 when Sharpe is tasked with protecting an aide to the Duke of York, but eventually becomes part of the Bombardment of Copenhagen.

He meets Major General David Baird in the Frog Pick pub, who was with him at the Siege of Seringapatam. Baird offers him the task of protecting Captain/Major Lassiver. Sharpe accepts.

They then sail to Copenhagen, but Lassiver tries to have Sharpe killed and proves himself a traitor.


Richard Sharpe – Second Lieutenant and Quartermaster in the 95th Rifles

Patrick Harper – makes a cameo appearance along with Harris and Cooper

General Baird – Dispatches Sharpe on his mission

The Honourable John Lavisser – A turncoat British Guards officer

Barker – A cutthroat servant

Astrid Skovgaard – A Danish widow with  whom Sharpe has a relationship

Lord Pumphrey – a  Foreign Office employee and spymaster

Arthur Wellesley– Divisional commander

Joel Chase – Captain of HMS Pucelle and friend of Sharpe's

Captain Gordon – an aide to General Baird, who is his uncle

Captain Dunnett – Sharpe's superior officer in the 95th, with whom he has a strained relationship

Captain Murray – A company commander in the 95th Rifles