Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton

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.Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton accomplished in real life the stuff of legend he was very much an Indiana jones of his time .In this excellent book ,,Rice recreates Burtons feats as brawler,womaniser, Religious Scholar,author,soldier, linguist, adventurer, spy and hard as nails actionman,leading a party into africa to search for the source of the Nile,venturing into the forbidden citys of Mecca and Medina only one other white man had done this before,he was the first white man to enter Harar in modern day Somalia the saying proved true that this city would fall within twenty years if a white man entered,travelling through India as a spy totally unrecognisable by friend or foe during the great game, the near east and Africa his epic journeys where every bit as amazing as Dr Livingstones.He spoke over thirty languages and authored some forty books.He was a scholar of Islam [and several other religions] his skills were such that he became an Iman he was able to recite the Koran by heart,he also served during the Crimean war,was a diplomat,scientist and an intellectual.

The book is brilliantly written imho it takes you back in time and you can almost see, feel and hear what Burton does,it also tells the tale of the differant strands of Islam,Burton was a very complicated man and even today no-one is sure of his actual religion was he a catholic or Muslim or as he himself said an agnostic?but his interest in all aspects of what life and death is really about is fascinating,i made a pilgramage to his burial place some months ago and standing in front of that tent for me was like an out of body experience,this book is a great example of what a human being is capable of achieving,highly recommended
 
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/030681028X/?tag=armrumser-21

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Francis_Burton


.Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton accomplished in real life the stuff of legend he was very much an Indiana jones of his time .In this excellent book ,,Rice recreates Burtons feats as brawler,womaniser, Religious Scholar,author,soldier, linguist, adventurer, spy and hard as nails actionman,leading a party into africa to search for the source of the Nile,venturing into the forbidden citys of Mecca and Medina only one other white man had done this before,he was the first white man to enter Harar in modern day Somalia the saying proved true that this city would fall within twenty years if a white man entered,travelling through India as a spy totally unrecognisable by friend or foe during the great game, the near east and Africa his epic journeys where every bit as amazing as Dr Livingstones.He spoke over thirty languages and authored some forty books.He was a scholar of Islam [and several other religions] his skills were such that he became an Iman he was able to recite the Koran by heart,he also served during the Crimean war,was a diplomat,scientist and an intellectual.

The book is brilliantly written imho it takes you back in time and you can almost see, feel and hear what Burton does,it also tells the tale of the differant strands of Islam,Burton was a very complicated man and even today no-one is sure of his actual religion was he a catholic or Muslim or as he himself said an agnostic?but his interest in all aspects of what life and death is really about is fascinating,i made a pilgramage to his burial place some months ago and standing in front of that tent for me was like an out of body experience,this book is a great example of what a human being is capable of achieving,highly recommended

Still,he wasn't half the man old Flashy was...;)
 

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"Burton was impaled with a javelin, the point entering one cheek and exiting the other. This wound left a notable scar that can be easily seen on portraits and photographs "
 
Still,he wasn't half the man old Flashy was...;)

Who he ?

you can see the javelin scar in this image

SirBurton[1].jpg
 
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