Through Lands of the Bible


Morton, H. V.

14/03/2002 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413771735

About Through Lands of the Bible

A magnificent portrait of the Christian life of the Middle East, a result of Morton's pilgrimage from the Euphrates to the Nile, and into Sinai

While travelling in the Holy Land, H. V. Morton had the urge to make a Christian pilgrimage through the lands of the Bible. The result is this powerful, passionate, unique travelogue. Morton indulges all the senses as he depicts the sunset on the broad Euphrates, the pungent smell of Spring in the Sinai mountains and the hustle-bustle of an Egyptian market place.

His journey takes him through Sinai, where he stays at the monastery of St. Catherine, the oldest inhabited monastery in the world; to the Oasis of Siwa, famous for its association with Alexander the Great. Morton's description of the Coptic monasteries of the Wadi Natrun, in Egypt, are testament to the fact that communities of native Christians living in Moslem lands continue to stay true to their faith even after centuries of persecution.

Through Lands of the Bible is part of Morton's famous trilogy on the Holy Lands, which includes In the Steps of the Master and In the Steps of St Paul.

A Fleet Street reporter, H. V. Morton (1892-1979) fought in the First World War and was present at the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb. One of the century's most popular travel writers, he published travelogues from Spain, Italy and the Middle East as well as the famous series on the British Isles. After the Second World War Morton moved to a farm in South Africa, where he died in 1979.

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H. V. Morton


H. V. Morton (1892–1979) was one of the most popular travel writers of his time. After a brief period of military service he established a career as a journalist and became a reporter for both The Daily Express and The Daily Herald. H. V. Morton’s debut as an author came in 1927 with In Search of England, a book that became a best seller. His genial writing style endeared him to the countless readers of the books he wrote about his travels around the British Isles, Spain, Italy and the Middle East between 1927 and 1950. In 1941 H. V. Morton accompanied the delegation which travelled to Newfoundland for the meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill which established the Allied policy for post Second World War Europe, known as the Atlantic Charter. Morton was famously present at the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter and his team in 1922. After the Second World War, H. V. Morton emigrated to South Africa where he lived until his death in 1979.


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