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Sovereign, Squire & Rebel : Maharajah Duleep Singh
Sovereign, Squire & Rebel : Maharajah Duleep Singh

Sovereign, Squire & Rebel : Maharajah Duleep Singh

by Peter Bance

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Language

English

Publisher

Coronet

ISBN

9780956127006 - Year: 2009 - Pages: 200

Binding

Hardcover

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Author: Peter Bance
Foreword/Introduction: Patwant Singh
Publisher: Coronet
Year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 200
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780956127006

Description

At the age of five years, Maharajah Duleep Singh found himself on the golden throne of the Punjab, the ‘land of five rivers’, one of the most powerful independent Kingdoms in the Asian sub-continent and a thron in the advancement of the British Empire. A country built by his father, the legendary one-eyed Line-of-the-Punjab, Ranjit Singh, who was a contemporary of Napoleon, and who ruled the region by the power of his sword and with the fear of his name. The infant Maharajah Duleep Singh had much to live up to, although he found the enemies of his reign were not just from over the British-Sutlej border.

After the Anglo-Sikhs Wars, Maharajah Duleep Singh, still a minor, was separated from his mother, surrendered the famed Koh-i-noor diamond and was removed from power by the underhand-means of the East India Company. Effectively exiled to Britain, he became an instant favourite of queen Victoria and an exotic party accessory. He passed his time with the crème de la crème of Victorian high society; shooting game with the Prince of Wales in his very own Indian Palace in Suffolk’s Elvden Hall and leading a most extravagant and lavish lifestyle. But after trying his hand at writing a West End play, standing for parliament, playing the field, and remonstrating with the British Government for the shortfall of his stipend, the deposed soverign became disillusioned by his surroundings and sought to make a stand against the tyrannical establishment!

The story of Maharajah Duleep Singh and his heirs is told with astounding and dazzling imagery, with unseen photographs of his family and friends, along with an array of rich Sikh art from the period, with famous canvases commissioned by the Maharajah which have become masterpieces in their own right. His family, the ‘Heirs to the Lost Kingdom’ who became the godchildren of queen Victoria, played their own part in the story of Britain’s first Sikh and Indian royal family, from being suffragette companions of Christabel Pankhurst, assisting Jews escape Nazi Germany, benefactors to East Anglia, founding a Norfolk Museum, patrons of numerous English establishments, marrying a Earl’s daughter, to holding a mysterious dormant Swiss bank account. The story of the Duleep Singh’s will surely keep every reader captivated.

Contents

Foreword
Preface

INTRODUCTION
The Rise of the Sikh Empire

CHAPTER 1
The Birth of a Prince

CHAPTER 2
An Exile to Fatehgarh

CHAPTER 3
The Voyage to England

CHAPTER 4
Maharani Jind Kaur and A Marriage in Aden

CHAPTER 5
A Country Squire

CHAPTER 6
From Aden to Europe

CHAPTER 7
The Maharajah’s Second Family

CHAPTER 8
Shahzadah Victor

CHAPTER 9
Prince Frederick

CHAPTER 10
Princess Catherine

CHAPTER 11
Princess Sophia

CHAPTER 12
Princess Bamba Sutherland

CHAPTER 12
The Legacy of Maharajah Duleep Singh

Image Notes
Endnotes
Glossary
Lahore Toshkhana
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgements

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