My Khyber Marriage: Experiences of a Scotswoman as the Wife of a Pathan Chieftain's Son

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World War I was raging in Europe when young Scotswoman Morag Murray met and fell in love with the handsome son of a Pathan chieftain. This is her own remarkable story, full of romance and adventure. Overcoming the resistance of both their families, they married, eventually settling in the prince's Khyber homeland.  She describes her adventures in exquisite detail: the luxurious spa-like treatment in preparation for her marriage; a fairy-tale wedding with thousands of gift-bearing guests spread out for miles in a city of tents; defending a fort with her sisters-in-law during a raid by a rival tribe. Murray leaves the reader sharing her deep affection forher husband's country, its people and culture. And her openness, curiosity, and zest for life are inspirational. She enters her new world with energy and respect -- even managing to plot a marriage of love for her sister-in-law that ends hostilities between two rival clans. 

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"My mother-in-law's veils, jumpers and trousers were all so lovely ... I closed my eyes and put my hand on one at random. It proved to be blue, a gauzy dreamy sapphire blue, with mauve veil and gold trousers shot with sapphire blue, and a sapphire-blue jumper. The light made the sequins twinkle like stars. My mother-in-law was in pink with embroideries in black and gold ... Just then I thought my mother-in-law a strange mixture of bravery and appealing femininity. She looked almost fragile as she stood silhouetted against the wall of the fort, yet one could have imagined her holding the fort with eye and hand steady as any man."

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