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Fred Burnaby: The Victorian Adventurer

The incomparable Colonel Frederick Gustavus Burnaby (1842-1885) In 1876 Fred Burnaby returned from an epic winter-ride on horseback and by sledge to the Khanate of Khiva, in the heart of central Asia. His book, A Ride to Khiva, was an instant hit and ran to eleven editions in the space of a year. On Horseback through Asia Minor, written after …

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Jesus is the most famous person in history, followed by Napoleon and then Muhammad.

Jesus is the most famous person in history, followed by Napoleon and then Muhammad. A new book has ranked the most famous figures from history according to internet based meme strength and historical reputations (whatever that means). The book, Who’s Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank (Cambridge University Press, 2013), is the brainchild of Steven Skiena and Charles Ward and …

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