Book Review: Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters by Philip Eade

Book Review: Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters by Philip Eade

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Sylvia Brooke was the consort of His Highness Sir Vyner Brooke, last Rajah of Sarawak, a short-lived dynasty of Englishmen who ruled over part of the island of Borneo between and 1841 and 1946.  An eccentric, self obsessed and thougless woman, she is credited with having played a significant role in the dowfall of the the Sarawak Raj. This fascinating, almost unbelievable story comes to grips with her life and outrageous times, as documented by first time biographer Philip Eade.

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Book Review: Begums, Thugs and Englishmen: the Journals of Fanny Parkes.

Book Review: Begums, Thugs and Englishmen: the Journals of Fanny Parkes.

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Fanny Parkes was the daughter of a British colonial officer and the wife of a civil servant who came to India with her husband in 1822 and stayed for twenty four years, traveling extensively throughout Raj India, often on her own, and assimilating all aspects of Indian society and culture.  When she returned home she published her memoirs at the behest of her mother, producing an 800 plus page edifice called Wanderings of  a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque, During Four and Twenty Years in the East; With Revelations of Life in the Zenana...

 

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