Love in the Time of Empire, the story of Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim

with Shrabani Basu
12:00 - 13:00
£15 non-subscriber, £12 subscriber

Shrabani Basu tells the story of a controversial relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, Abdul Karim, which caused a storm in the Royal court. Based on previously unseen letters and journals of Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, Basu traces the story of how Karim, a young clerk from Agra, gained Queen Victoria’s affection and soon became her closest confidant and teacher. At the time when the British Empire was at its height, the Queen and her Munshi shared a special bond that survived the best attempts to destroy it. 

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Shrabani Basu is a journalist and author. She writes regularly for the Calcutta newspapers, ABP and The Telegraph. Her books include For King and Another Country, Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Spy Princess: the Life of Noor Inayat Khan, and Curry: the Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish.  She has appeared regularly on documentaries on BBC and ITV. She is the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust. 

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