Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore

Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (English, Paperback, Manu S. Pillai)

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Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore  (English, Paperback, Manu S. Pillai)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
    • Genre: History
    • ISBN: 9789351776420, 9351776425
    • Pages: 704
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    In 1498, when Vasco da Gama set foot in Kerala looking for Christians and spices, he unleashed a wave of political fury that would topple local powers like a house of cards. The cosmopolitan fabric of a vibrant trading society - with its Jewish and Arab merchants, Chinese pirate heroes and masterful Hindu Zamorins - was ripped apart, heralding an age of violence and bloodshed. One prince, however, emerged triumphant from this descent into chaos. Shrewdly marrying Western arms to Eastern strategy, Martanda Varma consecrated the dominion of Travancore, destined to become one of the most dutiful pillars of the British Raj. What followed was two centuries of internecine conflict in one of India's premier princely states, culminating in a dynastic feud between two sisters battling to steer the fortunes of their house on the eve of Independence. Manu S. Pillai's retelling of this sprawling saga focuses on the remarkable life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the last - and forgotten - queen of the House of Travancore. The supporting cast includes the flamboyant painter Raja Ravi Varma and his wrathful wife, scheming matriarchs of 'violent, profligate and sordid' character, wife-swapping court favourites, vigilant English agents, quarrelling consorts and lustful kings. Extensively researched and vividly rendered, The Ivory Throne conjures up a dramatic world of political intrigues and factions, black magic and conspiracies, crafty ceremonies and splendorous temple treasures, all harnessed in a tragic contest for power and authority in the age of empire.
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    • 234 mm
    Length
    • 150 mm
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    • 837 gr
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    5

    Fabulous!

    Books on history of kerala are rare and rarer are ones which have a strong and solid research background. This one sheds light on many aspecsts of the erstwhile kingdom
    which are hitherto unknown.strongly recommend to anyone interested in history especially to keralites
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    Awesome

    A brilliantly written book, a must buy, must read for anyone interested in the history and heritage of Kerala through the ages. And kudos to the young writer- Manu S pillai, who's done exceptional work for a first time author. 5 stars indeed. 👍👌
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    The Ivory Throne

    An excellently written history of the House of Travancore. It made riveting reading. Recommended for anyone who is interested in the history of Kerala & the relationship between the Royal family & the British Residency.
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    Jun, 2016

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    Useless product

    packing was worst
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    Terrific purchase

    Excellent
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    A Great Book

    The book is like "India After Gandhi". Beautifully narrates the life in kingdom of Travancore from 1900's... A must read for everyone who wants to know how Travancore kingdom helped in the development the modern Kerala...
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    Good
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    Worth every penny

    Best book one of a kind
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    Four Stars

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    Terrific purchase

    Nice book..thrilling story
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    Q:is it paperback or a pirated one?
    A:paperback orginal item.
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    Q:have malayalam transalation
    A:No, only english text throughout.
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    Q:How many pages are in this book?
    A:694
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