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The Maharajah's Box: An Exotic Tale of Espionage, Intrigue, and Illicit Love in the Days of the Raj

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Publisher Comments:

Christy Campbell's mesmerizing tale of The Maharaja's Box begins with a list of names of "dormant account holders" published by the Swiss Bankers Association in 1997, during investigations of "Nazi gold." Many of the accounts belonged to Jewish victims of the Holocaust; one was the property of an Indian princess, the deceased daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh, last Emperor of the Sikhs. Duleep Singh took the throne at the age of five and was King of the Punjab for four years (1845-1849). When the area was annexed by the British, Singh was forced to resign his wealth-including the world famous Koh-i-nor diamond-and all claims to sovereignty. What long-lost fortune might have been locked away in the princess's safety deposit box?

Author Christy Campbell sets out on an investigation that takes him across several continents and into the archives of many strange and dubious characters. He uses a wealth of documents-including nineteenth-century newspaper articles, personal letters written by such notable figures as Queen Victoria, the memoirs of British diplomats, ministers, and foreign secretaries, and the reports of British and Russian spies-to re-create in stunning detail the life of Duleep Singh and his attempt, in middle age, to reclaim his throne and overthrow British rule in India. The result is a fascinating and true tale of espionage, intrigue, and illicit love.

Book News Annotation:

The Maharajah Duleep Singh was the last emperor of the Sikhs. He married a British woman, Ada Wetherill, and ended his days living in England (he died in 1893). Those interested in the British in India, late-19th-century politics, or a good tale will enjoy this carefully researched account by Campbell (a journalist and former editor of ), who is a terrific storyteller. This is a reprint of a 2000 book.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In this fascinating, true tale of espionage, intrigue, and illicit love, Campbell explores the life of Maharajah Duleep Singh, last Emperor of the Sikhs, and a long-lost fortune locked away in his daughter's safety deposit box. 37 photos.

About the Author

Christy Campbell is a journalist, writer, and former correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph who has made a specialty of forensic historical investigations.

Table of Contents

The Maharajah's Box List Of Illustrations

Author's Note

Preface

Part One

1. The Maharani of Tunbridge Wells

2. The Diamond

3. The Heirs

4. The Lion

5. The Governor-General

6. The Fall

7. The Shoot

8. Regina Imperatrix

9. The Green-room

10. The Guru

11. Bamba

12. Casey

13. Jindan

14. Steamer Point

15. 'A Sikh Martyr Will Be Born'

16. The Dancing Mouse

17. Revenge

18. The Editor

19. Winter

20. Our Correspondent

21. The Magician and the Fortune-teller

Part Two

22. A Beautiful Friendship

23. The Ambassador

24. King Over the Water

25. The Snare

26. Fenian Fire

27. Proud Rebel and Patriot

28. The Prisoner

29. Princesses

30. The Confession

31. Wretched Peace

32. The Mohammedan Detective

33. The Cockney Empress

34. The Cossack

35. The Alliance

36. Pondicherry Beach

37. Victor

38. 'The Turks Shall Break Their Silence'

39. The General

40. The Prodigal's Return

41. The Hawk's Bell

42. The Gas-fitter's Child

43. Catherine

Epilogue

Appendices

I. The Prophecy

II. Elveden, Suffolk, Census of 1881

III. The Franco-Russian War Against Britain

Acknowledgements

Sources

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585672936
Author:
Campbell, Christy
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Location:
Woodstock, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Kings and rulers
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Punjab
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Duleep Singh
Subject:
Punjab (India) Politics and government.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
00-139
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
474
Dimensions:
9.23x6.31x1.66 in. 1.99 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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