Book summary: Queen of Jhansi

1956 BY MAHASWETA DEVI

The Queen of Jhansi remains one of India's most important historical figures, a legendary heroine who led troops against the British in the uprising of 1857, now widely described as the first Indian War of Independence. Oral tales and songs about her abound, glorifying the image of a spirited young woman warrior who died on the battlefield but lives on in the minds of an entire people. Mahawera Devi's first book is a work that defies categories, simultaneously a history, a biography, and a personal statement that says as much about the author as it does about her subject- a valuable contribution to the reclamation of history, and historiography, by feminist writers.

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