One of the secret service’s first foreign agents – before MI6 was established – was Arminius Vambery, professor of oriental languages at the. Vambéry, Arminius () Hungarian historian and world traveler who may have communicated to author Bram Stoker [1] the facts and legends. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Árminius Vambéry, his life and adventures, by Árminius Vambéry This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and.

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After mastering the Turkish language he resolved to travel across Turkey, Persia and the various Khanates in Central Asia. Returning to Budapest inhe received a stipend from the academy, and in the autumn of the same year, disguised as a Sunni dervish, and under the name of Reshit Efendi, he set out from Constantinople.

I would highly recommend it to people with an interest in travelling writing in generaland Central Asia in particular. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While arminisu industrial revolution was in full swing in parts of Europe, dramatically altering the ways of life, people in central Asia very much lived the same way in as their ancestors did when Genghis Khan and his men walked the earth.


Rachel Irwin marked it as to-read Mar fambery, Mike Cooper added it Mar 05, Oana marked it as to-read May 04, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Especially in Britain, where he was highly welcome, chiefly because of the intelligence he could provide about the Russian influence in the lands he visited.

To maintain his disguise he could not openly record his experiences, and scribbled in lead pencil on various scraps of paper which he secreted in the wadding of his beggar’s dress for months on end. Throughout this time, he succeeded in maintaining his disguise as “Reshit Efendi,” so that upon his arrival at Khiva he managed to keep up appearances during interviews with the local khan.

He was raised Jewish, but later became an atheist. He became a Muslim and entered the service of the Turkish government as secretary to Mehmet Fuad Pasha, five times foreign minister of Turkey. He was a professor of Oriental languages at the Univ.

He produced a whole range of works on Oriental languages and ethnology and in addition, essays on political questions and popular accounts of his travels, one of which was a favorite boys’ book. That same year, he published his Travels in Central Asiabased on the few, furtive notes he was able to make while traveling with the dervishes. Patrice marked it as to-read Mar 05, Skip to main content.

Writers in London in the s: The Arminius Vambery Myth

He continued on to Bukhara and Samarkand and then returned to Constantinople via Herat. Letters between Britain’s secret service and a flamboyant Hungarian professor said to be the model for the vampire-hunter Abraham van Helsing in Bram Stoker’s Dracula are among hundreds of documents on British spies disclosed for the first time today.


Retrieved from ” https: He died in Budapest. He advocated the theory of close Turkic – Hungarian linguistic and ethnic relationship, and his publications on the subject [7] [8] [9] [10] provoked a harsh scientific and public debate in Hungary, remembered as the “Ugric-Turk War”. One of the great travel adventures.

It was no wonder the book was a best seller when he published it. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. His strongest evidences were the large corpus of ancient Turkish words in Hungarian word-stock for a minimum, and even more with good alternative Turkic etymologies[11] and the strong typological similarity of Hungarian and Turkic languages. A personal account of his travels to the Ottoman empire, Persia, Khanate of Khiva, Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan in the ss.

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Steven rated it it was amazing Jan 10, His Life and Adventures. Initially, he aroused the suspicions of the local ruler, who kept him in an audience for a full half-hour.