William Dalrymple and Anita Anand
Hardback $24.99 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
New Hardbacks - Published: 15/Jun/2017 - ISBN: 9781408888841
On 29 March 1849, the ten-year-old Maharajah of the Punjab handed over to the British East India Company in a formal Act of Submission to Queen Victoria not only swathes of the richest land in India, but also arguably the single most valuable object in the subcontinent- the celebrated Koh-i Noor diamond. Dalrymple's history tells a story of greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation through an impressive slice of south and central Asian history. It ends with the jewel in its current controversial setting- in the crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
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