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The Golden Horde: From the Himalaya to the Mediterranean

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In The Afghan Amulet, Sheila Paine told the story of her extraordinary search for a mysterious amulet, a journey that had taken her from the Hindu Kush to Bulgaria.

Here, her quest continues. Starting in the forbidden valley of Palas in Pakistan, she travels through the former territories of the Soviet Union -- from Arctic Northern Russia, through the lands of Genghis Khan'
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published 1997)
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I've enjoyed all Sheila Paine's books. She's highly observant, forthcoming about her experiences, has a great sense of humor, and includes worthwhile information regarding her research on goddess motif textiles, amulets, and embroidery. Her experiences and notes are important information for women planning on travel in remote or unsettled regions. I've read many travel books by female reporters, authors, aid & relief workers but nobody is as upfront as Sheila. Maybe because the other writers ...more
This book follows on from The Afghan Amulet: Travels from the Hindu Kush to Razgrad in her search for to origins of an amulet bought in a London shop.
She is certainly brave, undertaking some tough travel and certainly against the recommendations of others (not to mention the legal requirements of visas and closed routes). Despite being injured a couple of times she sticks with it.
I like the organisation of the book - the short chapters following the route of the journeys, and like the previous b
Liz Wager
A great book about a fascinating journey. Paine's fortitude reminds me of Dervla Murphy and she paints a lively picture of her adventures.
Nov 09, 2007 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I liked the previous volume to this sequel "The Afghan Amulet" - this one was just as good, if not better! Highly recommended.
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Sheila Paine is a world expert on tribal societies and textiles. Her passion for travel began when she was very young and has taken her across the world, from Africa to Pakistan. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has worked as a professional translator/interpreter in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Her museum-quality collection includes embroidery and amulets and has been ...more
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