Maharanis: The Lives and Times of Three Generations of Indian Princesses

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Penguin UK, Sep 2, 2004 - History - 384 pages
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In Maharnis Lucy Moore brilliantly recreates the lives of four princesses - two grandmothers, a mother and a daughter - of the Royal courts of India. Their extraordinary story takes in tiger hunts, exotic palaces and lavish ceremonies in India, as well as the glamorous international scene of the Edwardian and interwar era. It is also an intimate portrait of four remarkable women - Chimnabai, Sunity, Indira and Ayesha - who changed the world they lived in. Through their lives Lucy Moore tells the history of a nation during an era of great change: the rise and fall of the Raj from the Indian Mutiny to Independence and beyond.

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User Review  - briandrewz - LibraryThing

This was an excellent book detailing the lives of Gayatri Devi, Maharani of Jaipur, and her mother, as well as both of her grandmothers. All were maharanis. The book evokes life in a bygone era. The ... Read full review

MAHARANIS: The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian Queens and Their Journey from Purdah to Parliament

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The British historian examines the remarkable transition of India's female royalty from fairy-tale queens to activist powerbrokers as colonial fiefdoms merged into Asia's largest democracy.Moore (The ... Read full review

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Lucy Moore is the author of The Thieves' Opera and Amphibious Thing and edited Con Men and Cutpurses. She writes often for the Observer, Telegraph, regularly appears on TV and is considered one of Britain most exciting historians.

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