Blood Against the Snows: The Tragic Story of Nepal's Royal Dynasty

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A portrait of Nepal's doom-laden royal dynasty from its staggering expansion in the 18th century to the massacre in June 2001, a sequence of events worthy of a Greek tragedy. Nepal, a fabulous country of sublime natural beauty, has a history inextricably mixed with kingship. There have been kings in its mountain valleys for millennia. Buddha Siddharta was born a Nepalese prince and the current dynasty traces its ancestry to the Rajput princes from Rajasthan. Nepal is the last Hindu kingdom in the world, in which the same traditions of kingship are practised now as in Vedic times. Kings are gods, and history, kingship and myth are culturally woven together. The current Shah dynasty created modern Nepal and was the complete focus of national identity. It was, then, a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions when the heir to the throne, frustrated by his mother in his desire to marry a girl from a rival clan, slaughtered as many of the royal family as he could find in the palace. In a few bloody minutes Crown Prince Diprendra committed matricide, patricide, fratricide and suicide and ensured for hmself a place in history's pantheon of deranged monarchs. Amazingly, this is not the first time the Nepalese royals have been involved in palace massacres. The story of the Shah dynasty is studded with sanguinary episodes, of intrigues, fratricide, poisoning and the disposal of 'unwanted' relativres that would put the Borgias to shame. The fact that the monarchy has divine status means that its trials and turmoils are instantly shared by the entire country. If the monarchy is in crisis, Nepal is too. Mixing brand new reportage with an unrivalled historical and culturla appreciation of the country, Jonthan 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.

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Jonathan Gregson was born in N. India. He is th author of Above the Clouds and a regular contributor to BBC1, Channel 4, Sunday Telegraph, Independent and many others. He has had unparalleled access to the Nepalese royal palace and has top level contacts within the Royal Secretariat. He has met the murdered king, his son, the new king and the rolay astrologer among many others.

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'A fascinating, timely account! reads like a thriller! Gregson brilliantly chronicles the events leading up to the palace slaughter, and weaves a dark fairytale around Nepal's recent past.' Ian Thomson, Sunday Telegraph 'Excellent! a superb description [of the murders], both in terms of its clarity of analysis and its lack of sensationalism.' TLS 'Jonathan Gregson is one of the few Western journalists who have come close to understanding Nepal's carefully guarded secrets.' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday 'An excellent history of the Shah dynasty which goes back to the eighteenth century, fielding plenty of odd types along the way.' Time Out

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