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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mbmackay - LibraryThing
This is a great read - the story of a love affair between an English officer in the East India company and a high born muslim woman in Hyderabad around 1800. The author uses the love story to ... Read full review
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I'm not sure it holds up as nicely as I remember it, but it's the reason I do what I do for a living. Romantic in the exciting and troubling senses in equal measure; beautifully told. Read full review
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