A Ride to Khiva by Frederick Burnaby,Peter Hopkirk

By Frederick Burnaby,Peter Hopkirk

within the iciness of 1875, a tender British officer set out throughout primary Asia on an unofficial challenge to enquire the newest mystery Russian strikes within the nice video game. His aim was once the mysterious caravan urban of Khiva, closed to all eu tourists by means of the Russians following their seizure of it years past. His goal used to be to find even if, as many British strategists feared, this distant and hazardous oasis was once approximately for use as a springboard for an invasion of India.

Captain Frederick Burnaby was once already whatever of a legend. For a begin he was once reputed to be the most powerful guy within the British military, status six-foot-four and weighting over 2 hundred kilos. He additionally spoke no fewer than seven languages, together with Russian and Turkish, and possessed a so much full of life and colourful prose style.

Unknown to his superiors, who could have forbidden the enterprise, he rode for over 1000 miles throughout steppe and barren region, suffering via blizzards and snowdrifts, to arrive forbidden Khiva. Burnaby used to be ordered domestic by way of an alarmed executive and there he instantly sat down and wrote this best-selling account of his adventures.

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