The Maharajah's Box

The Maharajah's Box : An Exotic Tale of Espionage, Intrigue, and Illicit Love in the Days of the Raj

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Christy Campbell's mesmerizing tale of The Maharaja's Box begins with a list of names of "dormant account holders" published by the Swiss Bankers Association in 1997, during investigations of "Nazi gold." Many of the accounts belonged to Jewish victims of the Holocaust; one was the property of an Indian princess, the deceased daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh, last Emperor of the Sikhs. Duleep Singh took the throne at the age of five and was King of the Punjab for four years (1845-1849). When the area was annexed by the British, Singh was forced to resign his wealth-including the world famous Koh-i-nor diamond-and all claims to sovereignty. What long-lost fortune might have been locked away in the princess's safety deposit box?
Author Christy Campbell sets out on an investigation that takes him across several continents and into the archives of many strange and dubious characters. He uses a wealth of documents-including nineteenth-century newspaper articles, personal letters written by such notable figures as Queen Victoria, the memoirs of British diplomats, ministers, and foreign secretaries, and the reports of British and Russian spies-to re-create in stunning detail the life of Duleep Singh and his attempt, in middle age, to reclaim his throne and overthrow British rule in India. The result is a fascinating and true tale of espionage, intrigue, and illicit love.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 474 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 43.18mm | 861.82g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1585672939
  • 9781585672936
  • 2,560,001

Table of contents

The Maharajah's BoxList Of Illustrations
Author's Note
Preface
Part One
1. The Maharani of Tunbridge Wells
2. The Diamond
3. The Heirs
4. The Lion
5. The Governor-General
6. The Fall
7. The Shoot
8. Regina Imperatrix
9. The Green-room
10. The Guru
11. Bamba
12. Casey
13. Jindan
14. Steamer Point
15. 'A Sikh Martyr Will Be Born'
16. The Dancing Mouse
17. Revenge
18. The Editor
19. Winter
20. Our Correspondent
21. The Magician and the Fortune-teller
Part Two
22. A Beautiful Friendship
23. The Ambassador
24. King Over the Water
25. The Snare
26. Fenian Fire
27. Proud Rebel and Patriot
28. The Prisoner
29. Princesses
30. The Confession
31. Wretched Peace
32. The Mohammedan Detective
33. The Cockney Empress
34. The Cossack
35. The Alliance
36. Pondicherry Beach
37. Victor
38. 'The Turks Shall Break Their Silence'
39. The General
40. The Prodigal's Return
41. The Hawk's Bell
42. The Gas-fitter's Child
43. Catherine
Epilogue
Appendices
I. The Prophecy
II. Elveden, Suffolk, Census of 1881
III. The Franco-Russian War Against Britain
Acknowledgements
Sources
References
Index
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