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First Vintage edition.
334 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-323) and index.
Agra -- A Jubilee present -- An Indian Durbar -- Curries and highlanders -- Becoming the munshi -- A grant of land -- Indian affairs -- The Viceroy receives a Christmas card -- The household conspires -- Rebellion in the ranks -- "Munshimania" -- Redemption -- Death of a queen -- Last days in Agra -- Endgame.
"In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of her two great loves--Prince Albert and John Brown--Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen's teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her heart. This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria's long reign. As the royal household roiled with resentment, Victoria and Abdul's devotion grew in defiance. Drawn from secrets closely guarded for more than a century, Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary and intimate history of the last years of the nineteenth-century English court and an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen"--Amazon.com.
Victoria and Abdul