White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-century India

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Viking, 2002 - History - 459 pages
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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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I love William Dalrymple's writing style so much - Goodreads
The depth of scholarship is mind-boggling. - Goodreads
Also a poignant love story. - Goodreads
The book is brilliantly researched. - Goodreads
But the author mostly talks about his research. - Goodreads

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William Dalrymple transports you back to the Eighteenth century. He painstakingly researched and recreated the story of James Kirkpatrick's romance with Khair-un-nissa. A story which engrosses and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joel Indrupati - Goodreads

The true story of Captain James Achilles Kirkpatrick, who converted to Islam and married Khair-un-Nissa, a Hyderabadi noblewoman of royal Persian descent, is the most exciting of the three books I ... Read full review


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William Dalrymple is the author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, and From the Holy Mountain

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