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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Just before the moon rose at midnight , the Queen's famous mare Sarangi was quietly brought out to the northern side . Under the northern ramparts were the sta- bles for horses and elephants . Through a door on that side , the Queen and ...
of the Indian side fought with superb military discipline . Under the Queen's personal command , 500 vilayatis and over 1,000 infantry led by Gul Muhammad , confronted Brigadier Steuart on the farm fields to the west .
The chief gunner on the Indian side was killed in the crossfire . After fighting for some time ... The Sonerekha ditch , with high sides and about four feet of water even then , lay in the way of the advancing troops of Raines .