Farzana: The Woman Who Saved An Empire by Julia KeayFarzana: The Woman Who Saved An Empire by Julia Keay

Farzana: The Woman Who Saved An Empire

byJulia Keay

Hardcover | November 26, 2014

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Amongst the riches of 19th century India, as the British fought their way across Mughal territory, an orphaned street-girl is brought to court to perform for the Emperor. That girl was Farzana, and she would become a courtesan, a leader of armies, a treasured defender of the last Mughal emperor and the head of one of the most legendary courts in history. In this beautifully written book, the author's last, Julia Keay weaves a story which spans the Indian continent and the end of a golden era in Indian history, the story of a nobody who became a teenage seductress and died one of the richest and most prominent woman of her age. Farzana rode into battle atop a stallion, though only 4 ½ feet tall, and led an army which defended a sickly Mughal empire. She dabbled in witchcraft while gaining favour with the Pope, and died a favourite of the British Raj. Farzana is an evocative and moving depiction of one of the most remarkable, and least-known, historical lives of the 19th century.
Julia Keay was the author of several acclaimed biographies including The Spy Who Never Was, With Passport and Parasol and Alexander the Corrector. She also wrote numerous BBC radio documentaries, including two plays, and, with her husband John Keay, co-edited two editions of the Encyclopaedia of Scotland and the third edition of the L...
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Title:Farzana: The Woman Who Saved An EmpireFormat:HardcoverDimensions:326 pages, 8.8 × 5.55 × 1.32 inPublished:November 26, 2014Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1784530557

ISBN - 13:9781784530556

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue
PART I: MARRIED TO THE REGIMENT
1750–1778
1. Where Passions Rage
2. In Between Empires
3. The Butcher of Patna
4. Enchanted by Her Heroism
5. A Home of Their Own
PART TWO: DAUGHTER OF THE EMPEROR
1778–1788
6. Steel Beneath the Muslin
7. Fit for Service
8. Fearless Foreigner
9. Violence, Rapine and Barbarity
10. Errors of Judgement
11. A Gathering Storm
12. A Salutory Experience
PART THREE: THE ONLY LADY AT THE TABLE
1788–1836
13. A Genius for Majesty
14. Best-laid Plans
Epilogue
Afterword
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index