Kijk op Boeken Auteur: Jonathan Gregson
Nepal's royal dynasty has been wreathed in doom, from its staggering military expansion in the eighteenth century to the palace massacre of June 2001 which threatened to end the monarchy entirely. The sequence of events, in which the Crown Prince killed the King, Queen, Princess and other royals, was so horrific that Greek tragedians could not have made it up. It fulfilled the prophecy by a holy man to Nepal's first king, who told him that his family would reign for ten generations. The late King Dipendra, the fatally wounded killer of his father, was briefly the eleventh king of Nepal.
In Nepal, a country as romantically beautiful as it is savagely poor, the medieval, mythical and modern collide. It is the only Hindu monarchy in the world, and the king is treated as the incarnation of Vishnu — a living god who is believed to protect the entire kingdom. The courtiers and palace intimates are, in many cases, descendants of families who have held court posts for generations, as far back as Vedic times. They are a living link with an ancient culture, a culture threatened by the fragility of the crown on which it depends.
An unrivalled historical and cultural appreciation of an extraordinary country, Blood against the Snows brings us a compelling story of the tragedy and heartbreak suffered by one small mountain kingdom.
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