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Description - The Duleep Singhs by Peter Bance

This book collects together 200 superb black and white photographs which tell the story of the Duleep Singhs, the family of the late Maharajah of the Punjab, who was deposed at the age of eleven by the East India Company, and exiled to Britain. The owner of the famous Koh-i-noor diamond, and a Christian convert, Singh became a country squire, indulging in royal hunts with the Prince of Wales and enjoying life as a houseguest of Queen Victoria at Osbourne House, as well as playing the field with a string of young beauties from Norfolk maids to Cockney stage artists. As well as telling the story of Duleep Singh's own life, the book also shows us the lives of his children: Frederick the archaeologist, antiquarian and benefactor to East Anglia; Victor, the gambler and serial bankrupt whose wife was forbidden by Queen Victoria to have any children; Sophia, the fanatical suffragette; Catherine, the secretive and notorious visitor to war-torn Germany whose relations with her governess were more than intimate; and Princess Bamba, the grumpy self-styled Queen of Lahore, who outlived everyone, living in her own imaginary royal court.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750934886
ISBN-10: 0750934883
Format: Hardback
(270mm x 200mm x 20mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Bance

Peter Bance is an independent researcher, specialising in Sikh history. He also operates a family real estate business. He has been researching Kaharajah Duleep Singh since 1995, wrote the entry for Maharani Jindan for the New Dictionary of National Biography and also contributed to the research for the book The Maharajah's Box. He lives in Esswx.