Farzana : The Woman Who Saved an Empire
by Julia Keay
Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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Among the riches of 19th century India, as the British fought their way through all the territory of Mughal, an orphan streetgirl ends up in court with the emperor’s ear.This girl was Fattah, and she would have become a courtesan, an army chief, a valuable defender of the last Mughal emperor and the head of one of the most legendary courts in history.In this beautifully written book, the author of the last one, Julia Keay, weaves a story that stretches across the Indian continent and the end of a golden age in the history of India, the story of a person who became a seductive teenager and died one of the richest and most eminent women of her time.Faye rolled into battle at the top of a stallion, although only 4 1/2 feet tall and led an army that defended a sickly Mughal EmpireShe interfered in witchcraft, while gaining favor with the Pope and died a favorite of the British Raj.Farzana is a suggestive and moving representation of one of the most remarkable, and lives from less well-known, historical nineteenth century.
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