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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The anti - British rebellion spread first in Bundelkhand and then gradually all over the Sagar Narmada division at the news of the sepoy uprising and the massacre of the English in Jhansi . Sagar was a military base where the 31st and ...
The sepoys and common people alike in Sagar , Dam- oh and Jabalpur turned baghi or rebellious . The Lodhis , Thakurs and the farmers of Damoh district also rose against the English . Kishore Singh , the landholder of Hindoria , declared ...
Brigadier Whitlock , commander of the Madras Column , was asked to go to Sagar from Jabalpur . Hugh Rose calculated that it would be impossible for Whitlock to reach Sagar before two months , so he decid- ed to go himself .