New Victoria and Abdul paperbook

Victoria and Abdul

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The extraordinary true story of the queen's closest confident

'As the January mist enveloped Osborne House, a short line of mourners passed silently through the grounds towards Queen Victoria's private apartments. In the corridor outside her rooms a tall Indian man stood alone. It was Abdul Karim, the Queen's Indian Munshi or teacher......'

Discover the fascinating story of Queen Victoria's intriguing relationship with Abdul Karim, a tender love story of the friendship between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen - a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it.

‘I am so very fond of him. He is so good & gentle & understanding... & is a real comfort to me.’ - Queen Victoria  to her daughter in law , Louise, Duchess of Connaught. 3 November 1888 Balmoral

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The extraordinary true story of the queen's closest confident

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    • 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 gillie, 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.

      • Queen Victoria learnt to read and write in Urdu from Abdul Karim
      • Authentically written for the period
      • Author Shrabani Basu
      • ISBN - 978-0-7509-8258-0
      • Paperback

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