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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On the banks of the Betwa , a mile's distance from Jhansi , Hugh Rose and I had a battle . I had 22,000 soldiers and 28 cannons . I lost and a troop of soldiers left for Kalpi with four or five cannons . I reached Kalpi with 200 sepoys ...
But the principal battle would be fought at Madinpur ; and when Hugh Rose was fighting there against the King of Shahgarh , Scudamore would prevent the Banpur King from advancing from Narut to help the Shahgarh King .
Therefore , the Nawab of Banda , too , had to quit the battle and was forced to retreat . The gloomy twilight of 22 May drew a dense black curtain over the devastation of Kalpi . When the sun had set , throwing red and gold reflections ...