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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... flowers and lit oil lamps , and unmarried maidens had poured water over Shiva lingams.57 Where the washermen nowadays boil their laundry , once there would have been rows of beg- gars , orphans , the sick and the poor , waiting .
If the Nerbudda Field Force realizes , upon reaching Jhansi or its vicinity , that its strength is insufficient for take - over and then is forced to sit idle waiting for help from here , the consequen- ces THE QUEEN OF JHANSI 183.
Gursarai was waiting to offer help to the English . The kings were under the delusion of re - occupying Jhansi , so they drove that army away and took possession of Kotra . Major Orr fought with the Kings of Banpur and Shahgarh in Kotra ...