The Thuggees were a roving tribe of assassins and criminals who terrorized India for centuries. This fictionalized autobiography of a member of the Thuggees was a runaway bestseller in nineteenth-century England. Author Philip Meadows Taylor is said to have based the book on his conversations with Syeed Amir Ali (also known as Feringhea), a long-time member of the group.
As a teenager, Liverpudlian Philip Meadows Taylor was sent away to India to serve an apprenticeship to a Bombay business tycoon. He remained in the country for much of his life, gaining unparalleled insight into India's culture, languages and customs, knowledge he eventually put to use in a series of novels depicting important events in India's history. The sprawling epic Tippoo Sultaun is set against the backdrop of the Anglo-Mysore War of the late eighteenth century.
English author Philip Meadows Taylor was sent to work in India at the age of fifteen and spent much of his life in the country, focusing his efforts on social reforms and becoming an expert on Indian culture, art and architecture along the way. The novel A Noble Queen is a fictionalized account of the life and reign of the formidable female warrior and ruler Chand Bibi.
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