White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-century India
From the early sixteenth century, it was common for British colonizers in India to embarrass the Crown by "turning Turk" or "going native." Few caused greater scandal than James Kirkpatrick, a British resident in the Court of Hyderabad, who converted to Islam and spied on the East India Company in the midst of an affair with Khair un-Nissa, the great-niece of the region's prime minister.
White Mogulsis rich with many eccentric characters, from "Hindoo Stuart," who traveled with his own team of Brahmins, to Alexander Gardner, an American whose self-invented costume was showcased by a tartan turban with egret plumes. A remarkable love story set in an exotic and previously unexplored world, White Mogulsis full of secrets, intrigue, espionage, and religious disputes and conjures all the resonance of a great nineteenth-century novel.
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The June choice for our reading group was The White Mughals by William Dalrymple. The comments from the group were split into essentially three camps, those that loved it, those who read it and ... Read full review
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After reading The Last Mughal a few years ago, I wanted to read the prequel of sorts, White Mughals. Eighteenth-century India is an exotic subject (for me) which Dalrymple brings vividly to life ... Read full review
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