Hermit of Peking (Paperback)
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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 15/05/2008
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The arrival of an unpublished memoir offering up a scandalous version of the hitherto blameless public life of the revered oriental scholar, Sir Edmund Backhouse, sets Hugh Trevor-Roper on the trail of an outrageous confidence trickster. One of the great detective stories of our age, told with a pace and an infectious delight in the process of historical research, "The Hermit of Peking" would have made an outrageously imaginative work of fiction but for the fact that it is all true. Trevor-Roper unearths scholars with bizarre sexual fantasies, eunuchs, rare manuscripts and a malicious dowager Queen, and sets them all against the backdrop of a decadent and intrigue-ridden Imperial Court.

Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781906011017
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 215 x 135 mm

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“Pants on Fire”

When Hugh Trevor-Roper, that well-known authenticator of disputed historical documents, began reading the unpublished autobiography of Sir Edmund Backhouse, he didn’t know what to expect. Of the reclusive scholar and... More

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