Synopses & Reviews
In the savage winter of 1876 Captain Frederick Burnaby rode 1000 miles eastwards from Constantinople to see for himself what the Russians were up to in this remote corner of the Great Game battlefield. With wars between Turkey and Russia imminent, he wanted to discover whether the Sultan's armies were capable of resisting a determined Tsarist thrust towards Constantinople.
Frederick Gustavus Burnaby was an extraordinary person. Reputed to be the strongest man in the British Army, he was also fluent in seven languages and possessed 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 bestseller.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction Introduction, Peter Hopkirk
1. Smyrna;The PAsha's Seraglio
2. Custom-house officials; Sultan Abdul Aziz; Constantinople; An Armenian Priest
3. hadem Kui; The Defence of Constantinople;The Song about the Turcos
4. Horse buying; Preparations for the journey; The boat for Scutari; Scutari
5. The Hammall; The Khan at Moltape
6. One of our Horses Stolen; Arrival at Ismid; Visit to the Pacha of Ismid
7. A post-horse to Sabanja; Circassian Bashi Bazouks;
8. Yakoob Khan; Town of Mudurlu; Nalihan
9. Scenery near Nalihan; An uncultivated district
10. Bei Bazar; An Armenian priest: Turkish pack-saddle
11. Suleiman Effendi; The intrigues of Russia: The New Constitution
12. A society of thieves; Suleiman Effendi's wife;
13. Turkish melodies; The pack-horse is lame; Turkish hospitality; The Bey's present
14. The cooking pot; How the inhabitants build their houses
15. Crossing the river; The famine at Angora; Sekili; Daili Village
16. Yuzgat; The Christians at Yuzgat;
17. Armenian customs; Dissentions amongst Armenian Christians; The old woman dances
18. Darvish Bey; The chase; The schoolboys of Yuzgat
19. Outskirts of the town; An Armenian church;
20. The gypsies; The road to Sivas; The fire-the harem
21. The Caimacan; My tea and sugar; Pacha Williams