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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Print this article Print arminiks entries for this topic Cite this article. Inhe went to Pressburg today BratislavaHungarian: One of his scholarly contributions to Turkology was the discovery of the relation of Turkish and Magyar. He returned to Europe in and published the account of his journey Travels in Central Asiawhich catapulted him to international fame.

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As many other books of this period, when you read it you can sense this journey vanbery to what was an end arimnius an era. After a long and perilous journey he arrived back at Pest in May He returned to Europe in Chad marked it as to-read Apr 15, Evocative names such as Bokhara, Khiva or Samarkand resonated heavily in his imagination. After spending about a year in Constantinople, he published a German-Turkish dictionary in 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.

His exploits earned him the praise and recognition from many Western countries. Mark rated it really liked it Mar 10, Armijius a ruthless world too.

There he made his living by teaching languages and reciting Turkish and Persian poetry in coffee houses. Together with his band of travelers, he then crossed Bokhara and arrived at Samarkand. He became acquainted with members of British social elite. He went to London to arrange the English language publication of his book about the travels. Despite being raised Jewish, he later on became an atheist.


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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Andy Howe rated it really liked it Aug 25, He attended the local school until the age of 12 and showed a remarkable aptitude for learning languages. Emma marked it as to-read Jun 22, His main focus was on the endless conflict between Sunnites and Shias, cultural differences between Persians and Turkomans, and the many dialects spoken in the countries he visited.

He was forced to walk with crutches because of a congenital disorder and eventually had to leave school due to difficult financial circumstances. He was also rapidly acquiring Englishthe Scandinavian languagesRussianSerbianand naturally other Slavic languages. Oana marked it as to-read May 04, Open Preview See a Problem?

View all 4 comments. That following June, he paid a visit to London, where he was treated as a celebrity because of his daring adventures and knowledge of languages.

He arrived in Khiva, via Shiraz, in where he managed to keep up appearances during an interview with the Khan. 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.

Arminius Vambery: His Life and Adventures (1886)

Mike Cooper added it Mar 05, Ravshan marked it as to-read Oct 28, Steven rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Furthermore, he enthusiastically advocated the theory of a close Turkish-Hungarian vamebry relationship, provoking a harsh scientific and political debate in Hungary.

The papers reveal divided views within the Foreign Office about the worth of reports from the agents of the Secret Service, which was to become MI6. Viktor rated it it was amazing Oct 11, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Mick Scheinin rated it really liked it Feb 05, Bandits, disease, tyrants, desert and scorpions all try their best to kill him. But it was one of the more important travel narratvies from the 19th century.

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In his opinion Hungarian is a contact languagemore precisely a mixed languageand a fruit of the intermingling of early Hungarians with Turkic peoples; as a result of this merger, the Hungarian language got a unique, distinctly dual Ugric AND Turkic character. 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. Trivia About Arminius Vambery Between East and West.

Tory Altman marked it as to-read Jun 04, When Herzl met him on 16 June he armlnius 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.

With the help of few letters of recommendation and a stamp from the Ottoman Sultan, he traversed Iran. Said to have been the first European to make such a journey, the account vwmbery his exploits, Travels and Adventures in Central Asiaaroused great interest throughout Europe.

He attended the school in Dunaszerdahely until the age of twelve and showed a remarkable aptitude for learning languages.