Translated, commented and illustrated by Murman Tavdishvili
Shamil, often referred to as the Eagle of the Mountains, regularly sent his troops to Kakheti, the eastern province of Georgia, to loot the villages and take captives, the nobility among them. One such raid was witnessed by Anna Drancey, the governess of Count Davit Chavchavadze. The book, published in Paris in 1857, describes the time spent in captivity until Shamil managed to exchange his hostages for his son Djemal-Eddin. Also, the book is an interesting source of information about Shamil, his people, the Lezghins of the time as well as the some prominent Georgians, such as Grigol Orbeliani.