‘My favourite English book of the year, [an]
irresistible masterpiece’ Philip Mansel, Spectator Books of the Year
‘A remarkable achievement: illuminating, thought-
provoking, moving – and entertaining’ David Goodall, Tablet
‘A bravura display of scholarship, writing and insight. Dalrymple manages the incredible feat of outpointing most historians and most novelists in one go. This is quite simply a stunning achievement’ Frank McLynn, Independent on
‘Gorgeous, spellbinding and important, [a] tapestry of magnificent set-pieces’ Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times
‘Enthralling…brilliant, as exhaustively researched as it is brilliantly written’ Saul David, Mail on Sunday
‘Dalrymple’s India is as vivid as Naipaul’s’ Simon Jenkins, The Times
White Mughals is the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that transcended all the cultural, religious and political boundaries of its time.
James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of Hyderabad when he met Khair un-Nissa – ‘Most Excellent among Women’ – the great niece of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. He fell in love with her and overcame many obstacles to marry her, converting to Islam and according to Indian sources becoming a double-agent working against the East India Company.
It is a remarkable story, involving secret assignations, court intrigue, harem politics, religious and family disputes. But such things were
not unknown; from the early sixteenth century, when the Inquisition banned the Portuguese in Goa from wearing the dhoti, to the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the ‘white Mughals’ who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassment to successive colonial administrations. William Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as ‘Hindoo Stuart’, who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his templeful of idols; and Sir David Ochterlony, who took all thirteen of his Indian wives out for evening promenades, each on the back of their own elephant.
In White Mughals, William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history, and places at its centre a compelling tale of seduction and betrayal. The product of five years’ writing and research, triumphantly confirms Dalrymple’s reputation as one of the finest writers at work today.
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Buchbeschreibung HarperCollinsPublishers, London, 2002. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. Hardcover. Signed by author on title page. Jacket is protected in clear plastic sleeve. Sleeve is lightly scored and creased. Jacket edges are very lightly creased. Jacket and hardcover spine ends are lightly bumped. Minor nick on hardcover spine head. Lower leading corners and upper edges are very lightly bumped. Page block is lightly marked. Pages are clean and contents are clear throughout. Volume is slightly cocked, but binding remains intact. HJW. By Author. Used. Artikel-Nr. 296666