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Female Caligula: Ranavalona, The Mad Queen of Madagascar

Female Caligula: Ranavalona, The Mad Queen of Madagascar
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Description: Laidler, an anthropologist, film-maker and author ('The Last Empress'), uncovers the fascinating story of the early 19th-century queen of Madagascar, Ranavalona, who seized power after her husband's death and ruled ruthlessly but effectively for 33 years. Unfortunately, much of it reads like a European's shocked appraisal of native culture rather than the analysis of an anthropologist. The author seems trapped by his title-derived from a European commentator-and, obliged to prove his subject unusually bloodthirsty, he emphasizes the queen's oppression of Christians and trials by ordeal rather than fleshing out the tantalizin ... (more)
Manufacturer: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Release date: 22 September 2005
ISBN-10 : 047002223X |
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