❮Epub❯ ➟ A Glimpse of Empire Author Jessica Douglas-Home – Kairafanan.co

A GLIMPSE OF EMPIRE Is The Story Of A Young Anglo Irish Beauty S Visit To Delhi For The Royal Durbar, Where A New King, George V, Is To Be Proclaimed Emperor To Reinforce The Loyalty To The Crown Of India S Ruling Princes For A Fortnight Of Relentless Ceremony, Unheard Of Extravagance And Imposing Military Spectacle, In The Setting Of A Vast Tented City Complete With Its Own Farms, Railway, Telegraph And Post Offices, Lilah Wingfield Meets Many Of The Most Remarkable Colonial Characters Of The Day, Including Some Of The Foremost Indian Princes, Vying To Stage The Most Lavish Display To Prove Their Devotion To The Raj As The Tents Are Dismantled, Lilah Travels Through India To The Dangerous Khyber Pass On The Afghan Border, To Rajasthan, To The Gory Sites Of The Mutiny And To Stay With India S Only Female Ruler, The Begum Of Bhopal Her Diary Shows Her Deepening Awareness Of The Ambivalence Of Certain Maharajahs Towards British Rule Even While She Is Being Entertained Royally In Their Lakeside Palaces Her Irish Upbringing Gives Her An Instinctive Feeling For The Mixture Of Their Longing For Independence And An Affection For The Mother Country The Book Is Copiously Illustrated By Her Own Photographs A wonderful account of the pageantry marking the Raj s high water mark but a little too brief A fascinating extract from the private diary of Lilah Wingfield Born the daughter of Viscount Powerscourt and the granddaughter of the Earl of Leicester, she escaped a confined life as companion of her widowed mother to attend the 1911 Coronation Durbar in Delhi.This book covers her experiences in India, and is an extraordinary account of a vanished world Her sympathies were with the Indian Princes than with the colonial powers, and her social position opened doors to allow her to see the lives of some of the Princes In particular, her friendship with the Begum of Bhopal allowed her to see behind the doors of the Zenana and life the veil of purdah. A mildly interesting look the intersection of pre Great War British culture and pre Independence India, told from the point of view of a middling aristocratic young woman who travels to India for the Royal Durbar in 1911 Very little analysis, but I didn t buy it for that Mostly I bought it for the pictures, which are quite interesting The book is a small thing, but it shines a penlight into a tiny little corner of much bigger framework, and is therefore unique and illuminating.