The Bible in Spain, Or, the Journeys, Adventures, and Imprisonments of an Englishman: In an Attempt to Circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula

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INTRODUCTION.

IN the middle of the nineteenth century few living literary men were more famous--if fame consists in being much talked of-- than the author of "The Bible in Spain." He had that most alluring attraction for securing public interest, a striking individuality of person, language, style, and adventure; and he had succeeded in enveloping himself and his actions in an atmosphere of mystery. He lived through the days of the Young England party, of Disraeli and dandyism, of corn-law repeal and prize-fighting, into an era of science and of historical criticism, of Darwin and Renan. Whether his writings will be cherished by future ages cannot easily be predicted. But "The Bible in Spain" is a unique record of the Peninsular populations at a time of great disturbance.

George Henry Borrow, descended on the father's side from a Cornish family, and on the mother's from Huguenot refugees, was born at East Dereham in Norfolk, in 1803. His father, a recruiting officer, lived in numerous and varied districts during the boy's youth, and this certainly helped to inspire him with a taste for adventure. How he gained his aptitude for languages cannot be traced, but in spite of frequent change of schools he grew up a linguist. Many reminiscences of his childhood are embodied in the opening chapters of "Lavengro," and especially his early intercourse with the gipsies. His earliest fascination in literature was "Robinson Crusoe," from which many features of his own style seem to be derived. Physically, he grew up one of the tallest and strongest of men, six feet two without shoes, robust, self-willed, powerful, and pugilistic.

The Borrows ultimately settled at Norwich on the fathers retirement from active service, and George Borrow was articled to a

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  • The Minerva Library. ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction. v
  • Preface. xi
  • Contents xvii
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 9
  • Chapter III 16
  • Chapter IV 24
  • Chapter V 30
  • Chapter VI 36
  • Chapter VII 41
  • Chapter VIII 47
  • Chapter IX 53
  • Chapter X 62
  • Chapter XI 74
  • Chapter XII 82
  • Chapter XIII 90
  • Chapter XIV 98
  • Chapter XV 105
  • Chapter XVI 113
  • Chapter XVII 120
  • Chapter XVIII 126
  • Chapter XX 135
  • Chapter XXI *
  • Chapter XXII 152
  • Chapter XXIII 160
  • Chapter XXIV 163
  • Chapter XXV 171
  • Chapter XXVI 178
  • Chapter XXVII 187
  • Chapter XXVIII 194
  • Chapter XXIX 203
  • Chapter XXX 212
  • Chapter XXXI 223
  • Chapter XXXII 231
  • Chapter XXXIII 238
  • Chapter XXXIV 244
  • Chapter XXXV 251
  • Chapter XXXVI 252
  • Chapter XXXVII 258
  • Chapter XXXVIII 263
  • Chapter XXXIX 266
  • Chapter XL 273
  • Chapter XLI 282
  • Chapter XLII 288
  • Chapter XLIII 296
  • Chapter XLIV 304
  • Chapter XLV 310
  • Chapter XLVI 313
  • Chapter XLVIII 326
  • Chapter XLIX 332
  • Chapter L 338
  • Chapter LI 346
  • Chapter LII 356
  • Chapter LIII 366
  • Chapter LIV 370
  • Chapter LV 376
  • Chapter LVI 382
  • Chapter LVII 389
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