Ferdinand Mount: First and Only Empress, 22 November 2018
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Yale, 388 pp., £25, August 2018, 978 0 300 11809 4Show More
Eastern Encounters: Four Centuries of Paintings and Manuscripts from the Indian Subcontinent by Emily Hannam.
Royal Collections Trust, 256 pp., £45, June 2018, 978 1 909741 45 4Show More
Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-76 by Kajal Meghani.
Royal Collections Trust, 216 pp., £29.95, March 2017, 978 1 909741 42 3Show More
“... Fid. Def; Ind. Imp. Were there ever two more outrageous inscriptions on our coinage? Henry VIII remained defender of that particular faith for all of nine years, before Pope Leo X revoked the title he had himself conferred and excommunicated the defecting monarch. The claim was rebooted by a Protestant Parliament in 1544, but it was not quite the same, to say the least ...”