The Lady of Kabul: Florentia Sale and the Disastrous Retreat of 1842 Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 5022 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 302 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B081VQKMBB
- Publication Date : November 21, 2019
- Publisher : Lume Books (November 21, 2019)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1673527868
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,569 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is a fascinating account which contains an account of the outstanding bravery of the wife of a British Colonel during the disastrous retreat of 1842. It provides an account which exuded the exercising by Afghanistan War Lords of, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. The Seven Deadly Sins are covered in abundance. It seems that the passage of time has surprisingly taught todays Afghan Leaders,Nada, Zilch, Nothing.
Lady Florentia Sale was a match for whatever difficulty was put in front of her. She was in the absence of her husband Robert, who, eventually became a General and Deputy Commander of all British Troops. She was the leader and enforcer of all the survivors. This against foul weather and foul adversaries.
In short another captivating read the author has the reader marvelling how this women managed to survive the journey while under attack from Afghanistan’s rulers in 1842! Scott has the ingenuous has the knack of capturing the historical feature of that era encompassing the disregard for life. The deadly sins are present throughout, reverberating chapter by chapter and page by page.
I have no hesitation in recommending this to the general public. It captured me from the beginning until the end.
By Major General Michael Scott, CB,CBE,DSO
With so much time to read, while confined to barracks, may I suggest this absorbing tale, straight out of the Great Game, but not covered by Peter Hopkirk, Kipling, or even the Flashman Papers, although Kipling, over fifty years later, had he known the incredible Heroine of this story, might have applied two quotes from “If” though out of context, “ If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs” or “ If you can meet triumph and disaster “. Here we have triumph and disaster, but I will leave it to the reader to seek the answer, the former or the latter, as the book reaches a thrilling climax, after the British prisoners, actually hostages, had suffered tragedy,
loss of dear ones, seen brutal killings by their Afghan captors, and other bloodthirsty tribesmen, roaming the hills, valleys, and deadly passes, sometimes piled high with the rotting bodies of their countrymen. There were horrifying wounds, including amputations, and no disinfectant, penicillin, or Florence Nightingales. Young wives gave birth, including the daughter of our Lady of Kabul, without a midwife or hot water!
This Lady was Lady Florentia Sale, wife of a British Officer, in India, who had great qualities of leadership and courage, which were shared by his wife.
But she was cut off from him, and the major forces of the two armies, the regular army, and that of the East India Company, and was stranded in Kabul, waiting for the total destruction of the British expedition, at the hands of their Afghan captors.
Their main antagonist was a certain Akbar Khan, the son of the chief whom the British did not back. He saw himself as their host and protector, and not what he was, their jailer and executioner.
The background to the intense rivalry of the ferocious tribes, the bungling of the British military and diplomats at the highest level, throw in the two most powerful empires of the day, Great Britain and Russia, backing opposing sides, and you have a tangled web which many historical writers could be happy to avoid. But Michael Scott brings this complicated development to us readers with great clarity, thanks to massive research, and Florentia amazingly, considering the circumstances, recording it all in her diary.
The book has brought us an intense and highly readable account of probably the greatest disaster in British Imperial history.
I have promised a good read, while in isolation, but unfortunately it won’t take up too much of your time, as it moves on at a swift pace, so one cannot put it down.
A worthy success to “ Scapegoats ” and “ Royal Betrayal” ( also available through Amazon)
Mike dedicates the book to the four Scots Guardsmen who lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2010, eight years after, as he writes, we should have left.
„Nemo Me Impune Lacessit”
Since the first Afghan war it seems we have learned nothing about the Afghanistan mindset. The Lady of Kabul takes the reader on an amazing adventure with the Indomitable Florentia Sale. The depth of Michael Scott's research is impressive. The dates,names and places give you the sense of being there.
I read this book in one sitting and am now reading it again. Alas it seems we learned nothing of the determination of the Afghan warrior in 1842 or on the subsequent visits the British and others have made to to Afghanistan since then.