On Horseback Through Asia Minor

On Horseback Through Asia Minor

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By (author) Frederick Burnaby, Volume editor Peter Hopkirk, Introduction by Peter Hopkirk

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 380 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 190mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 18 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192825003
  • ISBN 13: 9780192825001
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 491,424

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In the savage winter of 1876 Captain Frederick Burnaby rode 1,000 miles eastwards from Constantinople to see for himself what the Russians were up to in this remote corner of the Great Game battelfield. With wars between Turkey and Russia imminent, he wanted to discover, among other things, whether the Sultan's armies were capable of resisting a determined Tsarist thrust towards Constantinople. Frederick Gustav Burnaby was no ordinary officer. For a start he was reputed to be the strongest man in the British Army. Nor was he all brawn, being fluent in seven languages and possessing a vigorous and colourful prose style-as readers of this Great Game classic will discover. With his servant Radford, he spent five months riding across some of the cruellest winter landscape in the world before hastening home to write this best-seller.

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Frederick Gustavus Burnaby was a soldier, traveller, writer, and pioneer balloonist. He was reputed to be the strongest man in the British Army, and spoke no fewer than seven languages. In 1875, on a one-man Great Game mission, he rode to Khiva in Central Asia, and the following year set out from Constantinople for eastern Turkey. In 1885 he was speared to death while campaigning in the Sudan, where he is buried somewhere in the desert.

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In the savage winter of 1876, Captain Frederick Burnaby rode 1,000 miles eastwards from Constantinople to see for himself what the Russians were up to in this remote corner of the Great Game battlefield. With war between Turkey and Russia imminent, he wanted to discover, among other things, whether the Sultan's armies were capable of resisting a determined Tsarist thrust towards Constantinople. Frederick Gustav Burnaby was no ordinary officer. For a start he was reputed to be the strongest man in the British Army. Nor was he all brawn, being fluent in seven languages and possessing a vigorous and colourful prose style - as readers of this Great Game classic will discover. With his redoubtable manservant Radford, he spent five months riding across some of the cruellest winter landscape in the world before hastening home to write this best-seller.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; SMYRNA;THE PASHA'S SERAGLIO ; CUSTOM-HOUSE OFFICIALS; SULTAN ABDUL AZIZ; CONSTANTINOPLE; AN ARMENIAN PRIEST ; HADEM KUI; THE DEFENCE OF CONSTANTINOPLE;THE SONG ABOUT THE TURCOS ; HORSE BUYING; PREPARATIONS FOR THE JOURNEY; THE BOAT FOR SCUTARI; SCUTARI ; THE HAMMALL; THE KHAN AT MOLTAPE ; ONE OF OUR HORSES STOLEN; ARRIVAL AT ISMID; VISIT TO THE PACHA OF ISMID ; A POST-HORSE TO SABANJA; CIRCASSIAN BASHI BAZOUKS; ; YAKOOB KHAN; TOWN OF MUDURLU; NALIHAN ; SCENERY NEAR NALIHAN; AN UNCULTIVATED DISTRICT ; BEI BAZAR; AN ARMENIAN PRIEST:TURKISH PACK-SADDLE ; SULEIMAN EFFENDI; THE INTRIGUES OF RUSSIA: THE NEW CONSTITUTION ; A SOCIETY OF THIEVES; SULEIMAN EFFENDI'S WIFE; ; TURKISH MELODIES; THE PACK-HORSE IS LAME; TURKISH HOSPITALITY; THE BEY'S PRESENT ; THE COOKING POT; HOW THE INHABITANTS BUILD THEIR HOUSES ; CROSSING THE RIVER; THE FAMINE AT ANGORA; SEKILI; DAILI VILLAGE ; YUZGAT; THE CHRISTIANS AT YUZGAT; ; ARMENIAN CUSTOMS; DISSENTIONS AMONGST ARMENIAN CHRISTIANS; THE OLD WOMAN DANCES ; DARVISH BEY; THE CHASE; THE SCHOOLBOYS OF YUZGAT ; OUTSKIRTS OF THE TOWN; AN ARMENIAN CHURCH; ; THE GYPSIES; THE ROAD TO SIVAS; THE FIRE-THE HAREM ; THE CAIMACAN; MY TEA AND SUGAR; PACHA WILLIAMS