Published Jan 2010
This work provides a portrait of Nepal’s doom-laden royal dynasty from its staggering expansion in the 18th century to the massacre in June 2001. Nepal is a fabulous country of sublime natural beauty and has a history inextricably mixed with kingship. The current Shah dynasty created modern Nepal and is the complete focus of national identity as history, kingship and myth are culturally woven together. The story of the Shah dynasty is studded with sanguinary episodes that would put the Borgias to shame.
Mixing reportage with a historical and cultural appreciation of the country, Jonathan Gregson demonstrates how one small mountain kingdom, as wreathed in antiquity as it is in high mountain clouds, has been the setting for a classic revenger’s tragedy.