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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Armiinus from ” https: Identities in Conflict,” in: It should be noticed he travelled at the height of the Great Game, and any piece of information the Britons could gather from those distant countries was highly valuable at the time. Hungarian historian and world traveler who may have communicated to author Bram Stoker the facts and legends concerning the real Prince Dracula Vlad Vwho supplied the inspiration for Stoker’s famous occult thriller.

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Rachel Irwin marked it as to-read Mar 27, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Refresh and try again. His route lay from Trebizond on the Black Sea to Tehran in Persia, where he joined a band of pilgrims returning from Meccaspending several months with them traveling across Central Iran TabrizZanjanand Kazvin.

An Encyclopedia of the Undead. In his early twenties, fired by the dream of exploring the putative homeland of the Magyars in Asia, he moved to Constantinople where he lived as a tutor of European languages and executed translations from Turkish history. He was also rapidly acquiring English vamberj, the Scandinavian languagesRussianSerbianand naturally other Slavic languages.

I armiinus it to be quite entertaining. As the lawless lands of the Turkoman Khanates were plagued with enslavers at the time, and they did not heed any foreign authority. No trivia or quizzes yet. Gozal marked it as to-read May vambefy, After his return from the long trek in the spring ofhe visited London where he was lionized for his triumph as an intrepid adventurer and his impressive polyglot achievement.


Ármin Vámbéry – Wikipedia

Turkic Loanwords in Hungarian. The central Asian kingdoms were still independent at the time of Vambery’s visit A fantastic travelogue by Armin Vambery. In he published the first German-Turkish dictionary; he claims to have learnt 20 Ottoman languages and dialects. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

The most vivid scene is the eldery prisoners of war who are blinded en-masse by a strike of the dagger, left to wander the city pitfully wailing. Newer Post Older Post Home.

From Dracula’s nemesis to prototype foreign spy

Possessed of an extraordinary capacity for languages and a phenomenal memory, he mastered numerous European languages and then turned to Arabic, Turkish, and Persian, achieving magisterial fluency and control in these.

The book is highly readable, the narrative being clear and concise. Peter Van De Velde marked it as to-read Feb 18, Papers show that his main supporter in London was Sir Vincent Vambsry, a member of the Vickers board. There he took leave of the band of dervishes and joined a caravan to Tehranand from there, via Trebizond and Erzurumto Constantinople, arriving there in March Miriam marked it as to-read Dec 31, Tory Altman marked it as to-read Jun 04, His strongest evidences were the large corpus wrminius 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.

He visited London, where, given the high interest in Central Vambfry, he was feted as a celebrity. In Turkey, Hungarian and Turkish are still considered va,bery two branches of the same language family, the Ural—Altaic.


Copyright The Columbia University Press. Oana marked it as to-read May 04, Return to Book Page. Lists with This Book. After mastering the Turkish language he resolved to travel across Turkey, Persia and the various Khanates in Central Asia.

Uzbek Journeys: Arminius Vámbéry: a Dervish Spy in Central Asia

When Herzl met him on 16 June he was seventy years old, not clear about his own identity, whether a Turk or an Englishman, but his study of religions had made him an atheist. 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. When a person with a hunger for adventure, real adventure, could pursue it.

Evocative names such as Bokhara, Khiva or Samarkand resonated heavily in his imagination. The era of travelling on old commercial routes dating back from the legendary Silk Road times. With the help of few letters of recommendation and a stamp from the Ottoman Sultan, he traversed Iran. The papers reveal divided views within the Foreign Office about the worth of qrminius from the agents of the Secret Service, which was to become MI6.

Arminius Vambery: His Life and Adventures (1886)

He worked briefly as a tailor’s assistant, but after becoming tutor to the son of the village innkeeper. After spending about a year in Constantinople, he published a German-Turkish dictionary in The intriguing problem of Turkic-Hungarian language relations [12] vwmbery [14] is far from settled even after centuries of research.

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