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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Walking over hundreds of corpses of Indians fallen in battle , they entered the palace at last . Lieutenant Turnbull was killed at this point . All the soldiers from the Right and the Left attack assembled inside the palace .
Inside the royal palace the English officers and sol- diers started looting and plundering unabashedly . The famous hall of mirrors , covered on all four sides with costly glass , where King Gangadhar used to sit and enjoy performances ...
First the valuables from the royal palace , then the tents , mattresses , rugs , cushions and car- pets - all were looted . In the temple of Mahalakshmi , the British soldiers looted the sacred ornaments off the idol .