To the Holy Shrines

To the Holy Shrines

Disguised as a Persian dervish, Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) set out to become the first Christian to penetrate the Muslim shrines of Medina and Mecca - a reckless stunt that would have resulted in his being executed if discovered. Endlessly observant, amused, boastful and engaging, Burton here describes his time in Cairo (including a memorable drinking contest with a fe...

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Title:To the Holy Shrines
Author:Richard Francis Burton
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ISBN:0141025387
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:112 pages

To the Holy Shrines Reviews

  • Emilie
    Apr 04, 2009
    I was really interested to find out how Burton managed to make it to Medina and Mecca but was left disappointed when the book ended right when he set sight of Medina. There was no description of the place which is what I was expecting. Also, some of his descriptions are a little lengthy and the cons...
  • Don
    Apr 01, 2013
    In which the daring Sir Richard dons the robes of a Muslim pilgrim in order the join the haj and gain a sight of the shrines of Mecca and Medina. He was clearly quite a lad, mentioning his ability to get by firstly as a Persian and then an Indian traveller, and quite undaunted by the necessity to so...
  • Daren
    Jul 17, 2015
    This is my first reading of a Sir RFB book, and I found the writing style quite wordy and complex. I seldom have an issue with over-description - more the better usually, but this felt - complex - maybe that isn't the right word.Notwithstanding the writing style, the concept of this book is great - ...