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Knighton's Eastern King and Queen

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The writer William Knighton (c.1824-1900) spent much of his career in Sri Lanka and India. Published in 1855, this is an account of the court of the notorious Indian King Nussir-u-deen (c.1803-37), written from the viewpoint and using the testimony of an anonymous British member of the King's retinue. Richly descriptive, it is an intimate portrait of life in the service of a hedonistic sovereign so hated and paranoid that he feared his own family would try to poison him. He is characterised as a cruel and frivolous man who only trusted his sycophantic barber. As well as describing the lavish royal lifestyle, the narrator documents the King's thirst for hunting, for exotic-animal fights and for abusing and humiliating members of the royal family. This is a lurid and engrossing tale of a monarch in decline and the corruption and favouritism that led to his eventual assassination.

Published 1921

There is some rubbing and shelf wear to the covers of the book and to the spine. The paste-down endpaper is cracked and some of the pages are browned.

Item details

Author(s):
Knighton, W
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
12mo - 7 - 8
Edition:
1921
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
345
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
The Private Life of an Eastern King together with Elihu Jan's Story

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The writer William Knighton (c.1824-1900) spent much of his career in Sri Lanka and India. Published in 1855, this is an account of the court of the notorious Indian King Nussir-u-deen (c.1803-37), written from the viewpoint and using the testimony of an anonymous British member of the King's retinue. Richly descriptive, it is an intimate portrait of life in the service of a hedonistic sovereign so hated and paranoid that he feared his own family would try to poison him. He is characterised as a cruel and frivolous man who only trusted his sycophantic barber. As well as describing the lavish royal lifestyle, the narrator documents the King's thirst for hunting, for exotic-animal fights and for abusing and humiliating members of the royal family. This is a lurid and engrossing tale of a monarch in decline and the corruption and favouritism that led to his eventual assassination.

Published 1921

There is some rubbing and shelf wear to the covers of the book and to the spine. The paste-down endpaper is cracked and some of the pages are browned.

Author(s):
Knighton, W
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
12mo - 7 - 8
Edition:
1921
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
345
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
The Private Life of an Eastern King together with Elihu Jan's Story

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