Maharanis : A Family Saga of Four Queens

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A rare, exotic portrait of the matriarchs of a brilliant Indian family Ranging from the final days of the Raj and the British Empire to the present, Lucy Moore vividly re-creates a splendid lost world and describes India?s national growing pains through the sumptuous, audacious lives of four ravishing, influential women of the same family?Sunity Devi, friend to Queen Victoria; Chimnabai, fierce nationalist; Indira, her flamboyant daughter; and Ayesha, her equally fashionable daughter?who fought tirelessly and with incomparable grace to turn an ancient tradition of noblesse oblige into a progressive democracy. BACKCOVER: ?Scintillating. Moore revels in every detail?from the elegance of the maharanis? attire, to the complexities of Indian family life and politics, to the trauma and heroism of breaking with tradition.? ?Booklist (starred review) ?A fascinating picture of a vanished world.? ?Sarah Bradford, author of Lucrezia Borgia
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Product details

  • Paperback | 351 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 22mm | 358.34g
  • Penguin Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0143037048
  • 9780143037040
  • 1,069,474

About Lucy Moore

Lucy Moore was born in London, raised in Massachusetts, and educated at Edinburgh University. She writes for a wide variety of British magazines and newspapers, as well as The Washington Times. She is the author of two previous books of British history, including Con Men and Cutpurses (Penguin).
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216 ratings
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