In 1955 the winds of change were beginning to blow across the Sultanate of Oman, a hitherto truly medieval state. Rumours of subv...
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In 1955 the winds of change were beginning to blow across the Sultanate of Oman, a hitherto truly medieval state. Rumours of subversion mingled with the unsettling smell of oil to propel the Sultan on a royal progress across the desert hinterland, from his southern capital of Salala to the northern capital of Muscat. It was an historic journey - the first crossing of the Omani desert by motorcar. Jan Morris accompanied His Highness Sultan Said bin Taimur as a professional observer, and was inspired by the experience to write her major work of imperial history, the Pax Britannica trilogy.
Jan Morris has written over forty books. They include a major work of British imperial history, studies of Wales, Spain, Venice, Oxford, Manhattan, Sydney and Trieste, two autobiographical works, two capricious biographies, five volumes of collected travel essays, two novels and a short book about her own house in Wales. However, she defines them all as really being the 'ego-biographies' of a wandering Welsh European.