Wednesday 18 November 2009

Visit to Almeida in Portugal

Almeida was an important border fortress in 1810 when it protected Portugal from invasion from Spain. It was also the setting for Bernard Cornwall's "Sharpe's Gold", which tells the story of the explosion which led to the premature surrender of the garrison to Marshal Ney in the same year and opened the road to Busacco and the Lines of Torres Vedras.

We visited the town in 1994 and this weeks "Walking Napoleonic Battlefields" deals with that visit. To read about it click on Spain and Portugalal Two on the right.

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