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 Queen faced him and with the solemn dignity befitting her exalted position , held her bejewelled sword in both hands and placed it on the floor . The sword had been presented to Raghunath Hari Newalkar by Madhavrao Peshwa .
Gun - bearing infantry were placed in the first row , armed cavalry in the second , sword - wielding infantry in the third , and sword - bearing cavalry in the fourth . Although the Queen knew how to use a gun , she preferred the sword ...
Carrying the bejeweled sword in her hand and looking like the brilliant Goddess Gauri , she jumped on the horse Rajratna to go and inspect military proces- sions on the fields of Kampu . The mare Sarangi had died in the Battle of ...