Rural Rides

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William Cobbett (1762-1835) was an essayist, politician, agriculturalist, journalist, and equestrian traveler. The son of a laborer, Cobbett was self taught. He enlisted in the British Army, then fled to Philadelphia to avoid prosecution for demanding a decent wage for his fellow soldiers.

After several years in exile, Cobbett returned to England where he became politically active, eventually winning a seat in Parliament. In the early 1820s the new MP set out on horseback to ...

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Overview

William Cobbett (1762-1835) was an essayist, politician, agriculturalist, journalist, and equestrian traveler. The son of a laborer, Cobbett was self taught. He enlisted in the British Army, then fled to Philadelphia to avoid prosecution for demanding a decent wage for his fellow soldiers.

After several years in exile, Cobbett returned to England where he became politically active, eventually winning a seat in Parliament. In the early 1820s the new MP set out on horseback to make a series of personal tours through the English countryside. These observations were collected and make up the two volumes of "Rural Rides".

The two books are written in some of the finest prose to grace the English language. Considered one of the best accounts of rural England ever written -- they are detailed, factual, filled with shrewd observation and remain enduring classics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140430233
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/30/1963
  • Series: English Library
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

From Petersfield to Kensington 1
Down the Vale of the Avon in Wiltshire 34
From Salisbury to Warminster, from Warminster to Frome, from Frome to Devizes, and from Devizes to Highworth 58
From Highworth to Cricklade, and thence to Malmsbury 80
From Malmsbury, in Wiltshire, through Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire 100
From Ryall, in Worcestershire, to Berghclere, in Hampshire 120
From Berghclere to Lyndhurst, in the New Forest 143
From Lyndhurst to Beaulieu Abbey; thence to Southampton and Weston; thence to Botley, Allington, West End, near Hambledon; and thence to Petersfield, Thursley, and Godalming 167
From Weston, near Southampton, to Kensington 181
To Tring, in Hertfordshire 206
Northern Tour 216
Eastern Tour 220
Midland Tour 260
Tour in the West 276
Progress in the North 277
Notes 299
Index 323
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