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an age filled with romantic legends, Captain Frederick Burnaby literally
towered above his countrymen in terms of physical size as well as literary
He was born in Bedford
on 3rd March 1842. After his education at Bedford Grammar School and Harrow, he
joined the Royal Horse Guards in 1859.
He travelled with
General Gordon in the Sudan during 1875 and later that year he journeyed across
the Russian Steppes on horseback. This extremely hazardous equestrian journey
resulted in 'A Ride to Khiva' (1876).
In 1876-78 he
travelled through Asia Minor and Armenia, later writing about his journey in 'On
Horseback through Asia Minor'.
In 1882 he crossed the
Channel to Normandy in a balloon, making him the first balloonist ever to cross
the Channel alone.
Burnaby died as he had
lived: he was killed by a spear at the battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan on
17th January 1885.
|Captain Frederick Burnaby not only stood over most men in the flesh, he
towered over them when it came to cold courage. A case in point was his
decision to explore Russia on horseback in 1875, a country which had just
been declared off-limits to all foreigners by the Czar.
That didn’t intimidate Burnaby. A famous swordsmen and notable linguist,
the author set off determined to cross Russia during the height of winter.
His goal? The forbidden Central Asian city of Khiva!
The resultant tale is a classic of equestrian adventure travel. Burnaby
fills every page with a memorable cast of characters, including
hard-riding Cossacks, nomadic Tartars, vodka-guzzling sleigh-drivers and a
legion of peasant ruffians.
“A Ride to Khiva” remains one of the most thrilling tales of the
Horseback through Asia Minor
|“On Horseback Through Asia Minor” details how the brave Burnaby set
off in the winter of 1876, convinced he could once again outwit the
Czar’s secret police. This time Burnaby determined to ride 2,000 miles
across Asia Minor undetected. Ostensibly he was going to observe the Turks
away from European influences. However Burnaby needed only the barest of
excuses in order to undertake one of the nineteenth century's most
courageous equestrian journeys.
This book, which was published upon his return to England, details how
Burnaby eluded Russian agents in Constantinople who had distributed his
photo with orders to arrest him. Armed with a rifle, a small stock of
medicines, and a single faithful servant, the equestrian traveler rode
through a hotbed of intrigue and high adventure in wild inhospitable
country, encountering Kurds, Circassians, Armenians, and Persian pashas.
Through it all Burnaby succeeds in sharing with his readers all the
dangers and delights of this timeless equestrian adventure travel classic!
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