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Victoria & Abdul : the true story of the queen's closest confidant / Shrabani Basu.

By: Basu, Shrabani.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Edition: First Vintage books edition.Description: 334 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780525434412; 0525434410.Other title: Victoria and Abdul.Subject(s): Karim, Abdul, 1863-1909 | Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901 | East Indians -- England -- Biography | Courts and courtiers | East Indians | Favorites, Royal | Great Britain -- Court and courtiersGenre/Form: Biographies.DDC classification: 941.081092 | B
Contents:
Agra -- A Jubilee present -- An Indian Durbar -- Curries and highlanders -- Becoming the munshi -- A grant of land -- Indian affairs -- The Viceroy receives a Christmas card -- The household conspires -- Rebellion in the ranks -- "Munshimania" -- Redemption -- Death of a queen -- Last days in Agra -- Endgame.
Summary: "In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of her two great loves--Prince Albert and John Brown--Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen's teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her heart. This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria's long reign. As the royal household roiled with resentment, Victoria and Abdul's devotion grew in defiance. Drawn from secrets closely guarded for more than a century, Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary and intimate history of the last years of the nineteenth-century English court and an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen"--Amazon.com.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Now a Major Motion Picture starring Dame Judi Dench from director Stephen Frears.

History's most unlikely friendship--this is the astonishing story of Queen Victoria and her dearest companion, the young Indian Munshi Abdul Karim.

In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of hertwo great loves--Prince Albert and John Brown--Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen's teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her heart. This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria's long reign. As the royal household roiled with resentment, Victoria and Abdul's devotion grew in defiance. Drawn from secrets closely guarded for more than a century, Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary and intimate history of the last years of the nineteenth-century English court and an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-323) and index.

Agra -- A Jubilee present -- An Indian Durbar -- Curries and highlanders -- Becoming the munshi -- A grant of land -- Indian affairs -- The Viceroy receives a Christmas card -- The household conspires -- Rebellion in the ranks -- "Munshimania" -- Redemption -- Death of a queen -- Last days in Agra -- Endgame.

"In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of her two great loves--Prince Albert and John Brown--Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen's teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her heart. This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria's long reign. As the royal household roiled with resentment, Victoria and Abdul's devotion grew in defiance. Drawn from secrets closely guarded for more than a century, Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary and intimate history of the last years of the nineteenth-century English court and an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen"--Amazon.com.

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Kirkus Book Review

The story of the Indian man who took the place of John Brown in Queen Victoria's life and heart.Basu (For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front, 1914-18, 2016, etc.) had access to heretofore unseen documents, letters, and interviews regarding Abdul Karim (1863-1909) and his controversial relationship with the queen. Upon the queen's death in 1901, King Edward VII immediately sent for all of Victoria's correspondence, which they burned promptly on the spot. In 1887, Karim traveled from Agra to England as part of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee celebration to showcase Britain's empire. He was one of two Indians chosen to be servants to the queen, though he looked more like a nawab (a kind of Indian prince) than a servant. Eventually, he became a munshi, a teacher or counselor. Though she never visited, Victoria loved India, and many Indian princes attended the jubilee and were given pride of place at the table. Victoria also loved to show off her Indian servants to other European nobles during her annual spring vacations on the continent. Karim quickly endeared himself to the queen, telling her stories of India, cooking curries, and teaching her his language. Their daily lessons enabled her to read and write Urdu and to greet visiting maharajas in their native tongue. Of course, the queen's household and the other servants were quick to grumble as jealousy and outright hatred grew. In class-conscious England, the author ably shows, Karim overstepped all bounds. He was not just a munshi; he influenced political affairs, was served with the household rather than the servants, and was given cottages for his own use. Karim gave Victoria someone to talk to; like John Brown, he lifted her spirits. In a book packed with names and hierarchy, Basu helpfully includes a dramatis personae and a family tree. King Edward's success in repressing stories of one of Queen Victoria's advisers has now been overturned with solid research and crisp, clear writing. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.