This is a collection of British writing on Armenia. It includes accounts by travel writers, early anthropologists, historians, soldiers, poets, lawyers, clergymen and politicians. Each section is annotated and placed in context.
"From the remotest times" - antiquity and the Middle Ages, "Beloved fellow-brother Leo" - early English contacts; "a people very industrious in all kind of labour - John Cartwright and John Fryer; "The theatre of perpetual war" - Jonas Hanway and Edward Gibbon; "It was Armenia that paradise was placed" - Byron in Venice; "A vast solitude on the grey and wintry plain" - Sir Robert Ker Porter, Richard Wilbraham and James Brant; "A healthy and hardy race" - James Morier and the Persian Armenians; "Would that you love me" - an Armenian lesson on the heath; "The groaning and complaining of neighbouring quadrupeds" - Armenian village life in the Ottoman Empire; "A consciousness of some heavy responsibility" - Gladstone, the Duke of Argyll, Curzon, William Watson; the key of truth - F.C. Conybeare and Armenian studies; "To strengthen an Ancient church" - the Anglican and Armenian churches; "At the Moon's Inn" - Isabella Bird and Lucy Garnett; "A vast dome of snow" - H.F.B. Lynch; "Why has the tide of civilization paused?" - Sir Edwin Pears and Noel Buxton; "Absolutely premeditated and systematic" - H.H. Asquith, Lord Bryce and Arnold Toynbee; "A stable and civilizing force" - W.E.D. Allen; "To regain their self-respect by useful labour" - Dr Armstrong Smith, Rev Harold Buxton and Dudley Northcote; "Between three worlds and an adherent of none": Philip Marsden in New Armenia.