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Dr Priya Atwal will speak about her new book, Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire.

A dazzling history of the powerful women and men who forged a dynasty to rival the Mughals and the British.

In late 18th century India, the glory of the Mughal emperors was fading, enabling an ambitious newcomer to seize power, changing the political landscape forever. Explore the legacy of the Maharajah Ranjit Singh, whose Sikh Empire stretched throughout North West India into Afghanistan and Tibet.

Priya Atwal shines a new light on this long-lost kingdom. Looking beyond its founding father to its queens and princes, she explores the story of this empire’s spectacular rise and fall, bringing to life a self-made ruling family, inventively fusing Sikh, Mughal and European ideas of power, but eventually succumbing to gendered family politics, as the Sikh Empire fell to another rival in the new India.

Royals and Rebels is a fascinating tale of family, royalty and the fluidity of power, set in a dramatic global era when new stars rose and upstart empires clashed.


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