White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th-century India

White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th-century India

William Dalrymple

'White Mughals' is the romantic and eventually tragic story of a passionate love affair that transcended the entire cultural, spiritual and political obstacles of its time. James Achilles Kirkpatrick used to be the British Resident on the courtroom of Hyderabad while he met Khair un-Nissa - 'Most very good between Women' - the great-niece of the leading Minister of Hyderabad. He fell in love together with her and overcame many stumbling blocks to marry her, changing to Islam and, in response to Indian assets, changing into a double-agent operating opposed to the East India corporation.

It is a notable tale, yet such issues weren't unknown: from the early 16th century to the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the 'white Mughals' who wore neighborhood costume and followed Indian methods have been a resource of embarrassment to successive colonial administrations. Dalrymple reveals such vibrant figures as 'Hindoo Stuart', who travelled along with his personal workforce of Brahmins to keep up his temple of idols, and Sir David Auchterlony, who took all thirteen of his Indian other halves out for night promenades, each one at the again of her personal elephant. In 'White Mughals', William Dalrymple discovers an international virtually totally unexplored by means of background, and areas at its centre a compelling story of seduction and betrayal.

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