A Glimpse of Empire

A Glimpse of Empire A GLIMPSE OF EMPIRE is the story of a young Anglo Irish beauty s visit to Delhi for the Royal Durbar where a new King George V is to be proclaimed Emperor to reinforce the loyalty to the Crown

  • Title: A Glimpse of Empire
  • Author: Jessica Douglas-Home
  • ISBN: 9780859553216
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A GLIMPSE OF EMPIRE is the story of a young Anglo Irish beauty s visit to Delhi for the 1911 Royal Durbar, where a new King, George V, is to be proclaimed Emperor to reinforce the loyalty to the Crown of India s ruling Princes For a fortnight of relentless ceremony, unheard of extravagance and imposing military spectacle, in the setting of a vast Tented City complete withA GLIMPSE OF EMPIRE is the story of a young Anglo Irish beauty s visit to Delhi for the 1911 Royal Durbar, where a new King, George V, is to be proclaimed Emperor to reinforce the loyalty to the Crown of India s ruling Princes For a fortnight of relentless ceremony, unheard of extravagance and imposing military spectacle, in the setting of a vast Tented City complete with its own farms, railway, telegraph and post offices, Lilah Wingfield meets many of the most remarkable colonial characters of the day, including some of the foremost Indian Princes, vying to stage the most lavish display to prove their devotion to the Raj As the tents are dismantled, Lilah travels through India to the dangerous Khyber Pass on the Afghan border, to Rajasthan, to the gory sites of the Mutiny and to stay with India s only female Ruler, the Begum of Bhopal Her diary shows her deepening awareness of the ambivalence of certain maharajahs towards British Rule even while she is being entertained royally in their lakeside palaces Her Irish upbringing gives her an instinctive feeling for the mixture of their longing for independence and an affection for the mother country The book is copiously illustrated by her own photographs.

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    1. I enjoyed this book especially as an exercise, but it certainly could have been better written.First off, hat's off to the writer who found and put words to her grandmother's diary. The exercise is beautiful. Anyone who enjoys familial history will enjoy this book. The pictures also are a great help.You can also tell the author did extensive research.Furthermore, as a social scientist, it is wonderful to read a different perspective on the Victorian era. It is so fascinating to see a more common [...]

    2. A fascinating extract from the private diary of Lilah Wingfield. Born the daughter of Viscount Powerscourt and the granddaughter of the Earl of Leicester, she escaped a confined life as companion of her widowed mother to attend the 1911 Coronation Durbar in Delhi.This book covers her experiences in India, and is an extraordinary account of a vanished world. Her sympathies were more with the Indian Princes than with the colonial powers, and her social position opened doors to allow her to see the [...]

    3. A mildly interesting look the intersection of pre-Great War British culture and pre-Independence India, told from the point of view of a middling aristocratic young woman who travels to India for the Royal Durbar in 1911. Very little analysis, but I didn't buy it for that. Mostly I bought it for the pictures, which are quite interesting. The book is a small thing, but it shines a penlight into a tiny little corner of much bigger framework, and is therefore unique and illuminating.

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