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Congress With a Crocodile


A titan of the Victorian age, Sir Richard Francis Burton was a scholar, linguist, explorer, and swordsman – and was feted as one of the most important British polymaths ever to have lived. Having spent much of his adult life in Arabia, Burton was deeply fascinated not only by the dialects and folklore of the region, but also by lesser known points of culture – of the kind regarded as absolutely scandalous in the moralistic drawing rooms of polite Victorian society. In the last decade o...

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