Sir James Brooke was an extraordinary 'eminent' Victorian, whose life was the stuff of legend.His curious career began in 1841 when he was caught up in a war in Brunei which had started because a party of local Dayaks had refused to furl their umbrellas in the presence of the Sultan. Brooke was an opportunist who, with the Sultan's backing, made war on the Dayaks tribespeople and eventually found himself ruling over Sarawak - a kingdom the size of England - as a result. How he achieved it is a romantic, sometimes horrifying story. Brooke is someone that George Macdonald Fraser would scarcely dare to invent. Errol Flynn wanted to play him in a movie, 70 years after his death and his dynasty is remembered throughout South-East Asia. This is a wonderful piece of swashbuckling historical biography which recalls the best and the worst of the British Imperial character.
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Fascinating reading ( LITERARY REVIEW)
As a brief, even-handed and witty introduction to this extraordinary man [WHITE RAJAH] is hard to beat ( BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE)
WHITE RAJAH is a unique biography of one of the most fascinating and influential men of the British Empire ( GEOGRAPHICAL)
* The swashbuckling historical biography of an extraordinary Victorian figure - Sir James Brooke
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Descrizione libro Little, Brown Book Group, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0316859206
Descrizione libro Little, Brown Book Group, 2003. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0316859206