The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

The Awadh Royal Family

The awadh royal family

THE following are newspaper reports from The Times, concerning the arrival of a royal delegation from the recently annexed princely state of Awadh (aka Oudh or Oude) in 1856: a political act that contributed significantly to civil unrest in 1857.1 These articles reveal the inconsistencies in British attitudes toward the colourful but politically troublesome diplomatic missions that came to London from India, often to protest East India Company policies there. On the one hand, these exotic envoys demonstrated the imperial quality of London as the centre of a growing empire. On the other hand, they raised questions for the British public about the frequently illegal actions of British colonial officials in India. In describing this delegation of ...

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