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|William Gifford Palgrave (18261888)|
|Hermann Agha, by William Gifford Palgrave, 1872, is a tale of life in Syria at the close of the eighteenth century. It is based upon historical research and personal knowledge of the land and people, and shows a poetic appreciation of the color and charm of the glowing Orient. Hermann Agha is a Saxon by birth, who, captured by the Turks in war, is sold to a Kurdish beg at the slave market of Constantinople. After he has recovered his freedom, and while sailing down the Nile with his friend and patron, the Arab Tantawee, he confides to him the exciting story of his adventures. There is much Eastern intrigue, fiery skirmishes of war, and bloody, treacherous massacres. Again and again Hermann encounters apparently inevitable dangers, but friends always spring up to rescue him. He learns to understand Koord and Arab, Bagdadee and Circassian, better than his own people; and to love the land of his servitude. He meets a beautiful Arabian maiden in her fathers shady garden, and the two love each other with an exalted passion eager for self-sacrifice. They are soon forced apart, and in all his subsequent difficulties his most absorbing interest is the hope of finding her. Hermann is a poet, and writes lyrics to his love; and his Saxon nature is shown as vitalized and strengthened by the intensity of the East.|| 1|