The Personal Adventures and Experiences of a Magistrate during the Rise, Progress, and Suppression of the Indian Mutiny

The Personal Adventures and Experiences of a Magistrate during the Rise, Progress, and Suppression of the Indian Mutiny

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In 1857, when the Indian Mutiny broke out, Mark Thornhill (1822-1900) was the magistrate of Muttra, modern Mathura. His vivid account of ensuing events - published in 1884 - including a night ride to Agra through the rebel army and the developing tensions inside the fort, was well reviewed at the time, and, more recently, became one of the sources for J. G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur. Also including excursuses on the history and architecture of Agra from the time of Babur, and ghost stories pertaining to it - Thornhill published a separate volume of Indian fairy tales - the narrative is notably modern in its acute psychological perceptions of response to violence and its conservationist concern for damage to buildings. Thornhill wrote the book as an historical analysis, and his conclusions about the underlying causes of the Mutiny illuminate subsequent developments in the region as well as the conflict he describes.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus.
  • 1139176870
  • 9781139176873

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. The assembling of the army; 3. The march to Delhi; 4. Rural disturbances; 5. The mutiny of the guard; 6. Flight to Agra; 7. Flight to Agra continued; 8. Return to Muttra; 9. Defence of the city; 10. The plundering of the treasury; 11. The city of Muttra; 12. A village rajah; 13. The Kotah contingent; 14. The approach of the enemy; 15. Closing around us; 16. A midnight ride; 17. A midnight ride continued; 18. The first three days; 19. Battle of Shahgunge. Prior events; 20. Battle of Shahgunge. Battle itself; 21. Departure of the enemy; 22. The fort of Agra; 23. Life in the fort; 24. Secret passages; 25. Ghost stories; 26. The old palace; 27. Quarrels; 28. The expedition; 29. Mr. Colvin's death; 30. The fall of Delhi; 31. The Battle of Agra; 32. The battle-field; 33. After the battle; 34. Leaving the fort; 35. Conclusion; 36. What caused the mutiny?show more