The Bible in Spain

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The Bible in Spain, subtitled "or the Journey, Adventures, and Imprisonment of an Englishman in an Attempt to Circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula" published in London in 1843 was a popular work of George Borrow (1803–1881). It ran through several editions. [1]


The book relates Borrow's travels through Spain while working as a Bible salesman.[2] The work relates numerous personal encounters Borrow had with Spaniards, during the Carlist Civil War, from the prime minister to beggars, including Gypsies.[2] This was the first widely read book with accurate first-hand information on Gypsies (though a more complete description is found in his first work The Zincalí (1841), which was not a commercial success).[2]


Prosper Mérimée was moved to write his story Carmen (the source for Bizet's opera) as a result of reading in the book a story about a man on whom Mérimée based Don José.[citation needed]

In the Footsteps of George Borrow by Guy Arnold (ISBN 1904955371) is a travel book in which the author retraces the steps of Borrow's journey as related in The Bible in Spain.


  1. ^ Sarah Anderson, Anderson's Travel Companion: A Guide to the Best Non-fiction and Fiction for Travelling. Brookfield, Vt., 1995.ISBN 1859280137 (p. 355)
  2. ^ a b c Wim Willems,In Search of the True Gypsy: From Enlightenment to Final Solution. Routledge, 2014.ISBN 1317791908 (pp. 102-4)

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