The Celebrated Captain Barclay

The Celebrated Captain Barclay : Sport, Gambling and Adventure in Regency Times

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On 1st June 1809 Captain Robert Barclay undertook what was then the greatest sporting feat ever attempted - to walk 1000 miles in 1000 hours for 1000 guineas. Six weeks later, exhausted and on the verge of collapsing, he completed his challenge and instantly became the most famous sporting figure of Regency times. Gentleman, pugilist, athlete, trainer and soldier - Captain Barclay's life was reckless, extravagant and thrilling. Enormous sums of money were won and lost on him and he himself earned several fortunes, though he was to die in deranged poverty. His remarkable story opens a window on the world of 18th century sport - a rough, dangerous and often corrupt world driven by money.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 195mm
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • HEADLINE REVIEW
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8 illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 0747264902
  • 9780747264903

About Peter Radford

Peter Radford is one of Britain's leading sports historians and is Professor of Sport Sciences at Brunel University. In 1960 he was a double medallist at the Olympics in Rome. His British record for the 100 metres remained unbeaten for 20 years.show more

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