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Obscure Kingdoms

Edward Fox

Published 1993
ISBN : 9780241130971
Hardcover
240 pages
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Kings occupy a strange place between men and gods. How do they do it?In order to discover the true meaning of kingship, Edward Fox travelled to five obscure kingdoms - Tonga, Oman, Nigeria, Swaziland and Java - to meet the rulers themselves. AnMoreKings occupy a strange place between men and gods. How do they do it?In order to discover the true meaning of kingship, Edward Fox travelled to five obscure kingdoms - Tonga, Oman, Nigeria, Swaziland and Java - to meet the rulers themselves. An inspired traveller, with an astute eye for the peculiar, the supernatural and the ceremonial, Edward Fox met with varying degrees of success, learning that one of the secrets of kingship is distance and inaccessibility.Part travel book, part acute observation and part commentary on kingship and its traditions, Obscure Kingdoms also explores political power, the human self, God, the cosmos and, in the books only footnote, the meaning of life. Wholly original and wholly enjoyable, it invites comparison with Redmond OHanlon or Bruce Chatwin.