The Sword and the Cross: Two Men and an Empire of Sand

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Oktober 2004



Whether writing of the Alps, the high seas, or the North Pole, Fergus Fleming has won acclaim as one of today's most vivid and engaging historians of adventure and exploration. The Sword and the Cross takes us to the Sahara at the end of the nineteenth century, when France had designs on a hostile wilderness dominated by deadly Tuareg nomads. Two fanatical adventurers, Charles de Foucauld and Henri Laperrine, rose to the cause of their country's national honor. Abandoning his decadent lifestyle as a sensualist and womanizer, Foucauld founded a monastic order so severe that during his lifetime it never had a membership of more than one. Yet he remained a committed imperialist and from his remote hermitage continued to assist the military. The stern career soldier Laperrine, meanwhile, founded a camel corps whose exploits became legendary. During World War I the Sahara's fragile peace crumbled. In the desert mountains Foucauld paid a tragic price for his role as imperial pawn. Laperrine, by then recalled to the Western Front, returned to avenge his friend.


"[Fleming's] meticulous research and fascination with the physical hardships faced by men bent on discovery and conquest are on impressive display."
EAN: 9780802141736
ISBN: 0802141730
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2004
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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