Empress. Queen Victoria and India
Miles Taylor Yale University Press Published: October 2018 Price: £16.99
Empress, Queen Victoria and India is an entirely original account of Victoria’s relationship with the Raj, which shows how India was central to the Victorian monarchy from as early as 1837.
In this engaging and controversial book, Miles Taylor, professor of modern history at the University of York, shows how both Victoria and Albert were spellbound by India, and argues that the Queen was humanely, intelligently, and passionately involved with the country throughout her reign and not just in the last decades.
Taylor also reveals the way in which Victoria’s influence as empress contributed significantly to India’s modernization, both political and economic. This is, in a number of respects, a fresh account of imperial rule in India, suggesting that it was one of Victoria’s successes.
Beautifully written, this is an engrossing and authoritative account of the vital place of India within the monarchy of Queen Victoria.