The High Road to China : George Bogle, the Panchen Lama and the First British Expedition to Tibet
In 1774, British traders longed to open relations with China so they sent a young Scotsman, George Bogle, as an envoy to Tibet. Bogle became smitten by what he saw there, and struck up a remarkable friendship with the Panchen Lama. This gripping book tells the story of their two extraordinary journeys across some of the harshest and highest terrain in the world: Bogle's mission, and the Panchen Lama's state visit to China, on which British hopes were hung. Piecing together extracts from Bogle's private papers, Tibetan biographies of the Panchen Lama, the account of a wandering Hindu monk and the writings of the Emperor himself, Kate Teltsher deftly reconstructs the momentous meeting of these very different worlds.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 129 x 198 x 22mm | 284g
- 06 Aug 2007
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
'Thrilling and fascinating ... Letters, journals and documents are woven into the flowing narrative, which is wonderfully vivid and evocative' Jenny Uglow 'It is hard to imagine this fascinating story being told with greater sensitivity or skill' Sunday Telegraph 'Splendid and fascinating ... Teltscher has made remarkable use of her source material, aided by the constantly perceptive and witty tone of Bogle's own writings' Patrick French, Sunday Times 'Teltscher is a remarkable new historian ... wholly original' William Dalrymple
About Kate Teltscher
Kate Teltscher is a Reader in English Literature at Roehampton University. She has published numerous essays in academic collections and journals, and reviewed for the Guardian and the TLS. Her doctoral research, a study of British and European writing on India in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, was published as India Inscribed (OUP, 1995). The High Road to China is her first book for a general readership.