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White Mughals: Love And Betrayal In 18th Century India by William Dalrymple
  

White Mughals: Love And Betrayal In 18th Century India

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Synopsis

White Mughals: Love And Betrayal In 18th Century India by William Dalrymple

From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize-shortlisted 'Return of a King', 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, but such things were not unknown: from the early sixteenth century 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. Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as 'Hindoo Stuart', who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols, and Sir David Auchterlony, who took all 13 of his Indian wives out for evening promenades, each on the back of her 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.

Reviews

'William Dalrymple is that rarity, a scholar of history who can really write. This is a brilliant and compulsively readable book'
Salman Rushdie

'Destined to become an instant classic'
Amanda Foreman

'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'
Independent on Sunday

'Gorgeous, spellbinding and important, [a] tapestry of magnificent set-pieces'
Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times

'Enthralling ... brilliant, as exhaustively researched as it is brilliantly written'
Mail on Sunday

About the Author

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. He wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty-two. City of Djinns won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award. The Age of Kali won the French Prix D'Astrolabe and White Mughals won the Wolfson Prize for History 2003 and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. The Last Mughal was longlisted for the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize. He lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Dehli.

Author photo © Karoki Lewi

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Book Info

Publication date

7th April 2003

Author

William Dalrymple

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Author's Website

www.williamdalrymple.uk.com

Publisher

HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
640 pages

Categories

Asian history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

ISBN

9780006550969

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