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The Celebrated Captain Barclay: Sport, Gambling and Adventure in Regency Times by Peter Radford

The Celebrated Captain Barclay: Sport, Gambling and Adventure in Regency Times
by Peter Radford

On 1st June 1809, Captain Robert Barclay undertook to walk 1000 miles in 1000 hours for 1000 guineas. Six weeks later he completed his challenge and instantly became the most famous sporting figure of Regency times. This book a glimpse of the Regency sporting world and the men who ruled it.
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On 1st June 1809 Captain Robert Barclay undertook what was then the greatest sporting feat ever attempted - to walk 1000 miles in 1000 hours for 1000 guineas. Six weeks later, exhausted and on the verge of collapsing, he completed his challenge and instantly became the most famous sporting figure of Regency times. Gentleman, pugilist, athlete, trainer and soldier - Captain Barclay's life was reckless, extravagant and thrilling. Enormous sums of money were won and lost on him and he himself earned several fortunes, though he was to die in deranged poverty. His remarkable story opens a window on the world of 18th century sport - a rough, dangerous and often corrupt world driven by money.

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Sku
GOR001000608
Title
The Celebrated Captain Barclay: Sport, Gambling and Adventure in Regency Times
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Headline Publishing Group
Year published
Number of pages
352
ISBN 10
0747264902
ISBN 13
9780747264903
Prizes
N/A
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