The Queen of Jhansi
Seagull Books, 2010 - 325 من الصفحات
Lakshmibai, the Queen of Jhansi, a legendary Indian heroine, led her troops against the British in the uprising of 1857, which is now widely described as the first Indian War of Independence. The image of the young warrior queen who died on the battlefield but not in the minds of her people captured the imagination of novelist Mahasweta Devi, who undertook extensive research that encompassed family reminiscence, oral literature, local histories, and more traditional sources. From these she wove a very personal history of a heroine--an unusual woman, widowed at an early age, who grew from a free-spirited child into an independent young leader.
Devi's resulting work traces the history of the growing resistance to the British, while building a detailed picture of Lakshmibai as a complex, spirited, full-blooded woman who wears her long tresses unbound at the same time as she prefers a male attire on horseback; who is a cool-headed and far-sighted leader of men, full of warm concern for her soldiers; as well as a mother who worries about her infant son's well-being. Simultaneously a history, a biography, and an imaginative work of fiction, this book is a valuable contribution to the reclamation of history and historiography by feminist writers.
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By now Hugh Rose had plenty of soldiers in three divisions because of Brigadier Smith of Rajputana arriving in Jhansi by way of Gunah . Brigadier Steuart had arrived in Kunch and Major Orr had also joined him after his skirmish with the ...
Colin Campbell had sent Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell with a column of the Bengal Army to help Hugh Rose , and he was to pitch his tent south of the Yamuna river and wait . Hugh Rose had run out of ammunition after the battles of Chanderi ...
While in Kalpi , Hugh Rose had been planning to retire . Accordingly , Brigadier General Robert Napier came to Kalpi to take his place . Due to the new developments , Napier acted as the second commander to Hugh Rose .