Some travellers are preparing their holidays not only using pocket guides or online information but by reading history books about the nation they intend to visit soon. Others like to read a book about the visited country while travelling. Mervyn Herath’s illustrated book “Monarchs of Sri Lanka” is a brief narrative of the island’s history recommendable for reading travellers and travelling readers.
In the first place, it is aimed at Sri Lankan readers at home and abroad, who know little about Sri Lankan history or want to refresh their knowledge required at school, without reading comprehensive historical studies. The book is meant to be amusing at the same time, by presenting anecdotal stories about Sri Lankan monarchs and their families.
The author H. M. Mervyn Herath mentions in his preface, that his account does not claim to be a hundred percent factually correct. This could deter you from reading it. But be aware: More scientifically oriented researchers can’t avoid historical errors, either. Indeed, there are even dubious stories or mere legends mentioned in “historical” Wikipedia articles and on the official UNESO websites about Sri Lanka and Buddhism. (If you don’t believe it, please ask for examples on your comment to this blog post.) However, readers should be aware that Mervyn Herath’s “Monarchs of Sri Lanka” does not study sources critically but collects lively stories from different sources.
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