PRE-ORDER White Mughals by William Dalrymple (Signed)
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PRE-ORDER White Mughals by William Dalrymple (Signed)

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This title is from an author attending the Charleston Literary Festival 2022 which is running from Thursday 19th May to Sunday 29th May. Tickets for all events can be found on the Charleston website.

If you are attending the event, you will be able to buy books by the featured authors at our festival bookshop however if you can't make it, get your pre-orders in now!

***Charleston pre-orders will be shipped at the end of May once the festival is over. If you place a pre-order alongside a title we have in stock, they will be shipped separately and you will be charged accordingly at checkout***

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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.