On Horseback through Asia Minor

Paperback | July 1, 2002

byFrederick Burnaby, Peter Hopkirk

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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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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 r...

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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 re...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.82 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPeter Hopkirk: IntroductionChapter 1Smyrna;The Pasha's SeraglioChapter 2Custom-house officials; Sultan Abdul Aziz; Constantinople; An Armenian PriestChapter 3hadem Kui; The Defence of Constantinople;The Song about the TurcosChapter 4Horse buying; Preparations for the journey; The boat for Scutari; ScutariChapter 5The Hammall; The Khan at MoltapeChapter 6 One of our Horses Stolen; Arrival at Ismid; Visit to the Pacha of IsmidChapter 7A post-horse to Sabanja; Circassian Bashi Bazouks;Chapter 8Yakoob Khan; Town of Mudurlu; NalihanChapter 9Scenery near Nalihan; An uncultivated districtChapter 10Bei Bazar; An Armenian priest:Turkish pack-saddleChapter 11Suleiman Effendi; The intrigues of Russia: The New ConstitutionChapter 12A society of thieves; Suleiman Effendi's wife;Chapter 13Turkish melodies; The pack-horse is lame; Turkish hospitality; The Bey's presentChapter 14The cooking pot; How the inhabitants build their housesChapter 15Crossing the river; The famine at Angora; Sekili; Daili VillageChapter 16Yuzgat; The Christians at Yuzgat;Chapter 17Armenian customs; Dissentions amongst Armenian Christians; The old woman dancesChapter 18Darvish Bey; The chase; The schoolboys of YuzgatChapter 19Outskirts of the town; An Armenian church;Chapter 20The gypsies; The road to Sivas; The fire-the haremChpter 21The Caimacan; My tea and sugar; Pacha Williams

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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.

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`This best-selling memoir is so rich in dialogue and adventure ... that you have to keep reminding yourself that it is fact. Splendidly hearty Great Game stuff, lightened by Burnaby's acute sense of humour and lively eye for the ladies.'The Independent