Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant

Author(s): Shrabani Basu

History

The tall, handsome Abdul Karim was just twenty-four years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at tables during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. An assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, he suddenly found himself a personal attendant to the Empress of India herself. Within a year, he was established as a powerful figure at court, becoming the queen's teacher, or Munshi, and instructing her in Urdu and Indian affairs. Devastated by the death of John Brown, her Scottish ghillie, the queen had at last found his replacement. But her intense and controversial relationship with the Munshi led to a near-revolt in the royal household. "Victoria & Abdul" examines how a young Indian Muslim came to play a central role at the heart of the empire, and his influence over the queen at a time when independence movements in the sub-continent were growing in force. Yet, at its heart, it is a tender love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen, a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it.

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'totally absorbing' The Telegraph 'An extraordinary story of affection, friendship and loyalty' Hello Magazine 'masterfully told' OR 'a melange of history, drama and fantasy' The Dawn

General Fields

  • : 9780752458533
  • : History Press Limited, The
  • : The History Press Ltd
  • : February 2011
  • : 198mm x 125mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shrabani Basu
  • : Paperback
  • : Media tie-in
  • : English
  • : 941.081092
  • : 288
  • : Illustrations, maps, ports.