Kenizé Mourad

In the City of Gold and Silver

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An enthralling historical novel based on the little-known female warrior in nineteenth century India who led a revolt against the British.
Here is the long-forgotten story of Begum Hazrat Mahal, queen of Awadh and the soul of the Indian revolt against the British, brought to vivid life by the author of Regards from the Dead Princess, a major bestseller in her native France.
Begum was an orphan and a poetess who captured the attentions of King Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh and became his fourth wife. As his wife, she incited and led a popular uprising that would eventually prove to be the first step toward Indian independence.
Begum was the very incarnation of resistance: As chief of the army and the government in Lucknow, she fought battles on the field for two years; she was a freedom fighter, a misunderstood mother, and an illicit lover. She was a remarkable woman who risked everything only to face the greatest betrayal of all.
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411 printed pages
Original publication
2014
Publication year
2014
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    María Cristina Valdezhas quoted3 years ago
    “I am not criticising their lack of morals, but their lack of practical sense. If one of us were to take a mistress, would we be stupid enough to make an issue of it? When we have had enough, we would just leave her. If, unfortunately, she happens to get pregnant, well, that is not our problem! Here, just because they have slept with one of these beauties, these imbeciles feel obliged to provide her with an allowance and a status, and to recognise all their bastards as legitimate children. Can you imagine the inheritance problems we would have if we were to do the same?”
    María Cristina Valdezhas quoted3 years ago
    These natives really have no moral sense. They have innumerable wives and concubines!” declares a fat lady wearing an apple green crinoline dress in a piercing voice.
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    house of fairies” is a music, dance and singing school reserved for young girls recruited by the kingdom for their charm and beauty

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