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Angels of Albion: Women of the Indian Mutiny Paperback – 28 Aug 1997
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This is a book about the Indian Mutiny of 1857, told mainly from the women's point of view. It is a narrative history of the various sieges, massacres, "triumphs" and debacles of the mutiny based on these passive eye-witness accounts, dealing not so much with the military action as with the immediate consequences of it on the women involved. The mutiny is a particularly interesting campaign to explore in this way, since many blamed the memsahibs' behaviour for exacerbating it in the first place, while once the uprising was underway and some of the massacres of British women and children grew apparent, it became a sort of crusade to avenge the daughters of Albion.
About the Author
Jane Robinson was born in Edinburgh, brought up in North Yorkshire and now lives near Oxford. She has written two books about women travellers, WAYWARD WOMEN and UNSUITABLE FOR LADIES.
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Only another woman could have written this book. Robinson combines sympathy with a certain level of judgment of the actions and opinions of some of the participants in a straightforward way. She is unencumbered by the Victorian deference to women and current fear of radical feminism.
The selection of photographs-- current and historical-- and old wood cuts that accompany the text reflect great care and excellent judgment.
In all, an important addition to the field of Mutiny scholarship related in a very human way.