In 1893 Moulay Hassan, Sultan of Morocco, presented Madani, Chief of the Glaoua, with a ponderous Krupp cannon. From that moment, the history of the country changed, and this is an account of the meteoric and bloody rise to power of the Glaoua, once an obscure tribe in the High Atlas Mountains. Under Sultan Moulay Abd El Aziz, spendthrift and decadent, El Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakesh, became a legendary feudal figure and the survivor of fierce internecine rivalries. It was El Glaoui who, shortly before attending Elizabeth II's coronation in London, ordered the severed heads of his enemies to be mounted on his gates. Drawing on the work of Walter Harris, a "Times" correspondent who could - and did - pass as an Arab, the author has set out to recreate this history of characters, action, intrigue and remote and exotic places.
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Maxwell is best known for Ring of Bright Water, the still selling account of his West Highland seaboard cottage and pet otters. He was also a distinguished travel writer on Iraq and Sicily. This posthumously published book (he died in 1968) is sub-titled The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua, 1893-1956, and is a history of Morocco's tribal dynasty which is informed by his own travels in North Africa. It's a fascinating slice of Moroccan history that is also a substantial chapter in the story of French colonialism. And, considering how far the writing of history has moved on since Maxwell's time, his own style seems remarkably fresh, readable and well-informed. The vividness of that writing is enhanced by lavish pictorial illustration, with 50 colour and 100 hundred black and white relevant photos, both contemporary and archival.About the Author:
Gavin Maxwell was born in 1914, educated at Stowe and Oxford and served in the Scots Guard during the Second World War. Invalided out in 1944 he bought the Island of Soay and set up his Basking Shark fishery there - the subject of his first book, Harpoon at a Venture, (1952). Other books include A Reed Shaken by the Wind (1958), an account of the Marsh Arabs of Iraq, The House of Elrig (1956), an autobiography of his childhood, and his world famous West Highland books about otters: Ring of Bright Water (1960), The Rocks Remain (1963) and Raven Seek Thy Brother (1969). He died in 1969.
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099729008