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The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby the_last_alive » 21 Sep 2011 20:21

Not sure if this is the right place for this. But I've just finished reading The Indian Mutiny by Saul David, and am wondering what other people recommend on the subject?
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby Thearos » 21 Sep 2011 20:50

Cue Mr Admin ?
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby Jonathan » 21 Sep 2011 22:59

The Indian Mutiny by Julian Spilsbury is a great read. It is not an exhaustive overview, but a general overview which is made up of many first hand accounts assembled into a riveting narrative of the Mutiny and its major events and battles. Check out the Indian Mutiny subforum at the Victorian Wars Forum, as well as the section on books and references materials.

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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby admin » 22 Sep 2011 15:06

What Jonathan said!
Spilsbury's book is fantastic - I read it on Jonathan's suggestion. And if you haven't read it already, get D A Kinsley's latest compilation, because a lot of the primary sources in that are from the Mutiny and related campaigns.
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby the_last_alive » 22 Sep 2011 18:18

admin wrote: And if you haven't read it already, get D A Kinsley's latest compilation, because a lot of the primary sources in that are from the Mutiny and related campaigns.


Is that British Sword Fighting?
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby admin » 22 Sep 2011 20:28

I think the very latest revision is Blades of Empire, looking at the prices of that and British Sword Fighting. I have the previous edition and basically read it all the time on constant loop. :)
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby Ronin » 22 Sep 2011 21:41

Reading Blades of the Empire right now, fasinating read, just what I was looking for.

Downloaded it from lulu.com so I can read it on my Ipad. I can see that it will be one of those things I will be referring back to in the future, so I'm highlighting and bookmarking some parts with the app I'm using.

http://www.lulu.com/product/file-downlo ... f/center/1

£3.74, and that for all three books.... :D
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby the_last_alive » 22 Sep 2011 22:16

I'm sure British Sword Fighting is four books, if a new omnibus has come out I hope the new 'book' in it is available seperatly.

Spilsbury's book doesn't appear to be available at a reasonable on amazon, one for the christmas list me thinks... :)
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby Ronin » 22 Sep 2011 22:35

Sorry I stand corrected it is four...

Sword Fighters of British India (Swordsmen of the Raj)
Sword Fighters of the British Empire
Blades In Action
Blade Fighters

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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby the_last_alive » 23 Sep 2011 07:08

Strange, strikes me a just a repackaging then. :?
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby admin » 23 Sep 2011 10:28

the_last_alive wrote:Spilsbury's book doesn't appear to be available at a reasonable on amazon, one for the christmas list me thinks... :)


I'm happy to lend it to you, unless you specifically want to own it.
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby admin » 23 Sep 2011 10:29

the_last_alive wrote:Strange, strikes me a just a repackaging then. :?


From the publicity text I think that Blades of Empire is re-edited (still a compilation of the 4 books though), which frankly would be a good thing.
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby the_last_alive » 24 Sep 2011 12:08

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the_last_alive wrote:Spilsbury's book doesn't appear to be available at a reasonable on amazon, one for the christmas list me thinks... :)


I'm happy to lend it to you, unless you specifically want to own it.


That would be great. Thanks.
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Re: The Indian Mutiny - Recommended Reading?

Postby Monzambano » 27 Sep 2011 09:33

I enjoyed reading Bobs Bahadur's "Forty-one Years in India". He was only at the beginning of his illustrious career during the Mutiny, close to the action, and he writes in an engaging and entertaining fashion.

And then, for the counterfactual side of the matter, but as always excellently researched and entertaining, there's George MacDonald Fraser's "Flashman and the Great Game"...
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