Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Another Famous Sportsman



Sir Richard Burton: World renowned explorer, fencer,traveler and writer, linguist, and soldier. He brought the erotic arts of the Far East home to England. He was an accomplished falconer and was expelled from Trinity College for attending Steeplechase Races in violation of College rules. He was a true 19th Century Sportsman...who certainly led a uniquely exciting life.
One can see some of his exploits in the Movie "Mountains of the Moon" and read one of several biographies to enjoy accounts of his myriad adventures.

9 comments:

K.S. Anthony said...

Burton was truly a Renaissance man--the epitome of the adventuring scholar of his era.

Laguna Beach Trad said...

Excellent. A model of inspiration.

M.Lane said...

I admit it. I knew nothing of him before this post. Now I am going to get a book on him.

Thanks!

ML
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Keith said...

I really like Burton a lot. He's someone I've always been fascinated by.

Anonymous said...

Regarding biographies of Burton do you have a personal preference?

~H.

James said...

Surviving the spear through the mouth bit always impressed the hell out of me.

Main Line Sportsman said...

Anon...I would suggest "Burton" by Byron Farwell.

James...it is remarkable that he survived that injury in an age when medical treatment was still fairly backward...and he suffered the injury in a remote place where access to even backward treatment was difficult at best....evidence of a hard constitution...
M.Lane...see suggestion to Anon for a book...you will enjoy it.

ADG said...

Yes...I have the Vanity Fair caricature of Burton.

Main Line Sportsman said...

ADG...I'd make you and offer on that print...but tend to doubt you would part with it.