To the Western imagination, Tibet has always been a mysterious place. For centuries its capital, Lhasa, was known as a Forbidden City: it was ruled by a priest-king, and its medieval society was not welcoming to foreigners. But the exile of the Dalai Lama and his followers half a century ago, the destruction of the monasteries, and the plight of the Tibetan people who remained, evoked continuing sympathy. Jonathan Gregson places the religious and political situation against an historical perspective in this sympathetic portrait.
About the Author
Jonathan Gregson was born and raised in India and has been visiting the Himalayan region for nearly 50 years. He has travelled overland across Tibet and visited adjacent regions repeatedly, such as Bhutan, Sikkim, Mustang and Mongolia, that have been deeply influenced by Tibetan civilization. His books include Kingdoms Beyond the Clouds: Journeys in Search of the Himalayan Kings and Massacre at the Palace: The Doomed Royal Dynasty of Nepal. He is married and lives in East London.