The Private Life of an Eastern King: By a Member of the Household of His Late Majesty, Nussir-u-deen, King of Oude

The Private Life of an Eastern King: By a Member of the Household of His Late Majesty, Nussir-u-deen, King of Oude

by William Knighton

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Overview

The writer William Knighton (c.1824–1900) spent much of his career in Sri Lanka and India. Published in 1855, this is an account of the court of the notorious Indian King Nussir-u-deen (c.1803–37), written from the viewpoint and using the testimony of an anonymous British member of the King's retinue. Richly descriptive, it is an intimate portrait of life in the service of a hedonistic sovereign so hated and paranoid that he feared his own family would try to poison him. He is characterised as a cruel and frivolous man who only trusted his sycophantic barber. As well as describing the lavish royal lifestyle, the narrator documents the King's thirst for hunting, for exotic-animal fights and for abusing and humiliating members of the royal family. This is a lurid and engrossing tale of a monarch in decline and the corruption and favouritism that led to his eventual assassination.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108046701
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/13/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - South Asian History
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. My introduction to royalty; 2. The amusements of a king; 3. The hunting-party; 4. Tit for tat; 5. Favouritism; 6. The 'Lions' of Lucknow; 7. The man-eater; 8. The caprice of despotism; 9. The king's harem; 10. Duello. Partridges to tiger; 11. Duello. The rhinoceros and elephant; 12. The Mohurrim; 13. Farewell to Lucknow.

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