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Maharana

The Story of the Rulers of Udaipur
Brian Masters

This history of the erstwhile princely state of Udaipur evokes the glory and grandeur of the Rajput courts.    

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This history of the erstwhile princely state of Udaipur evokes the glory and grandeur of the Rajput courts.    
This history of the erstwhile princely state of Udaipur evokes the glory and grandeur of the Rajput courts. Here are tales of honour and chivalry, of magnanimity to enemies, and of a fierce pride that did not bow down before Moghul might or British power. Udaipur is the world’s oldest ruling dynasty, whose antiquity surpasses any European royal line—it spans 76 generations and some 1500 years. There are Maharajas aplenty in Rajasthan, but only one Maharana: Udaipur.

Many interesting episodes enliven this historical account—how Prince Khurram sought refuge in Udaipur, from where he was proclaimed Emperor Shah Jahan; how King George V had to visit the Delhi railway station to meet Maharana Fateh Singh; how a nautch girl nearly achieved the feat of walking a tightrope across the lake from the City Palace. The book culminates in a description of the palace, a splendid example of Rajput architecture that “combined building with poetry”. This section also offers an insight into the ongoing initiatives of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation in conservation and planning of the palace spaces and their conversion into a living heritage museum of global significance.

BRIAN MASTERS studied French and Romance Philology at University College, Cardiff, where he emerged with a First Class Honours degree, and the University of Montpellier in France.
His first book was a study of Molière, soon followed by similar books in French. He became interested in the aristocracy when his friend the Marquess of Londonderry married the ballerina Doreen Wells and made him the godfather of their son Lord Castlereagh. He then wrote a history of all the dukedoms, called The Dukes, now reprinted. He also wrote several biographies, on Marie Corelli, on Georgiana the Duchess of Devonshire, and on the mass-murderer Dennis Nilsen. This last book, entitled Killing for Company, won the Gold Dagger award for non-fiction in 1985.
His most recent books include two volumes of autobiography, Getting Personal and Second Thoughts, and The Actors —volume one of the history of the Garrick Club, of which he is a trustee.

• Acknowledgements
• Preface by Judge Maharaj Nagendra Singh
• Maharana Fateh Singh
• From Bappa Rawal to the First Sack of Chittor
• Kumbha, Sanga, and Panna Dhai
• The Foundation of Udaipur and the Glory of Pratap
• The Period of Construction: Maharana Jagat Singh
• Arrival of the British
• Victorian Stability
• Back to Fateh Singh
• Independence
• Into the Future
• The Concept of Custodian
• The City Palace
• Historical Genealogy of the Rulers of Mewar
• Sources and Bibliography
ISBN 9789385360435
Pages 202
Number of photographs 51
Date of Publishing 2023
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin Publishing
Rights Available World rights

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