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In 1498 when Vasco da Gama set foot in Kerala looking for Christians and spices he unleashed a wave of political fury that would topple local powers like a house of cards. The cosmopolitan fabric of a vibrant trading society - with its Jewish and Arab merchants Chinese pirate heroes and masterful Hindu Zamorins - was ripped apart heralding an age of violence and bloodshed. One prince however emerged triumphant from this descent into chaos. Shrewdly marrying Western arms to Eastern strategy Martanda Varma consecrated the dominion of Travancore destined to become one of the most dutiful pillars of the British Raj. What followed was two centuries of internecine conflict in one of India's premier princely states culminating in a dynastic feud between two sisters battling to steer the fortunes of their house on the eve of Independence.

Manu S. Pillai's retelling of this sprawling saga focuses on the remarkable life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi the last - and forgotten - queen of the House of Travancore. The supporting cast includes the flamboyant painter Raja Ravi Varma and his wrathful wife scheming matriarchs of 'violent profligate and sordid' character wife-swapping court favourites vigilant English agents quarrelling consorts and lustful kings. Extensively researched and vividly rendered The Ivory Throne conjures up a dramatic world of political intrigues and factions black magic and conspiracies crafty ceremonies and splendorous temple treasures all harnessed in a tragic contest for power and authority in the age of empire.

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Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore

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  • ISBN: 9789351776420
  • Author: Pillai Manu S.
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Pages: 704
  • Format: Paperback
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In 1498 when Vasco da Gama set foot in Kerala looking for Christians and spices he unleashed a wave of political fury that would topple local powers like a house of cards. The cosmopolitan fabric of a vibrant trading society - with its Jewish and Arab merchants Chinese pirate heroes and masterful Hindu Zamorins - was ripped apart heralding an age of violence and bloodshed. One prince however emerged triumphant from this descent into chaos. Shrewdly marrying Western arms to Eastern strategy Martanda Varma consecrated the dominion of Travancore destined to become one of the most dutiful pillars of the British Raj. What followed was two centuries of internecine conflict in one of India's premier princely states culminating in a dynastic feud between two sisters battling to steer the fortunes of their house on the eve of Independence.

Manu S. Pillai's retelling of this sprawling saga focuses on the remarkable life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi the last - and forgotten - queen of the House of Travancore. The supporting cast includes the flamboyant painter Raja Ravi Varma and his wrathful wife scheming matriarchs of 'violent profligate and sordid' character wife-swapping court favourites vigilant English agents quarrelling consorts and lustful kings. Extensively researched and vividly rendered The Ivory Throne conjures up a dramatic world of political intrigues and factions black magic and conspiracies crafty ceremonies and splendorous temple treasures all harnessed in a tragic contest for power and authority in the age of empire.

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