Koh-I-Noor : The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond
by William Dalrymple, Anita Anand
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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The first comprehensive and reliable in the history of Koh-i Noor, arguably the most famous and mythologised jewel in the worldOn 29 March 1849, at the age of ten years Maharajah of Punjab was introduced into the magnificent Mirror Hall in the center of the great Lahore FortThere, in a public ceremony, fear, but the dignity of the child handed over to the British East India Company, in an Act of Submission to Queen Victoria not only whole sections of the richest land in India, but also perhaps the most precious object in the subcontinent: the famous Koh-i Noor diamondThe Mountain of LightThe story of Koh-i-Noor, which was then commissioned by the British were woven together from Delhi Bazaars rumours, but it had become the version parameterOnly now is he finally caught, freeing the diamond from the fog, from the mythology that had hung on to it for so longThe resultant of history is one of greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation through a beautiful slice of southern and central Asian history.It ends with the jewel in its current controversial form: in the crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen MotherMagistral, powerful and learned, it is the story in its most convincing and stimulating form.
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