On Horseback through Asia Minor

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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 ...
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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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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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1. My host; 2. The Mohammedan school; 3. Radford; 4. The Armenian church; 5. Hasta Khan; 6. Kemach; 7. Erzingan; 8. Russia's conduct in Servia; 9. Climbing the mountains; 10. The Pacha's interpreter; 11. The European society in Erzeroum; 12. A conversation with the Pacha; 13. The weather; 14. The Turkish cemetery; 15. The Kurd; 16. Low hills; 17. Clearing the way; 18. Armenian lads; 19. A spy; 20. A Yezeed (devil-worshippers) village; 21. Dinner; 22. Villages; 23. No signs of Khoi; 24. The bazaar; 25. Kotoor; 26. The artillery at practice; 27. An extempore market; 28. Akserai; 29. My host; 30. Alongside the river Murad; 31. Mohammed's febrifuge; 32. The garrison of Kars; 33. The march to Ardahan; 34. Ardanusch; 35. The precipice; 36. Price of corn; 37. The journey is over.

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