Farzana tells the rags-to-riches story of one of the most colourful characters in Indian history. In a life spanning the chaotic years between the collapse of the Mughal empire and advent of the British, this child of the streets beguiled her way to command of a private army, confidante of the emperor and ruler of the most progressive principality in northern India. Her troops often held the balance of power. Her hospitality was the talk of the age. And converting to Christianity, her piety found her corresponding with the Pope and building a church that may still be the largest basilica in the country.
About the Author
Julia Keay is the author of several acclaimed biographies including The Spy Who Never Was, With Passport and Parasol and Alexander the Corrector. She also wrote numerous BBC radio documentaries and with her husband John Keay, co-edited two editions of the Encyclopaedia of Scotland and the third edition of the London Encyclopaedia. The text of Farzana was completed just before her death in 2011.