Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley, 2005. Photographs. First Edition, First Printing. Boards. 8vo, brown boards with gold lettering on spine, illustrated with B&W plates, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped), yellow endpapers, [VIII] + 224 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #3322
Keith Laidler is an anthropologist and writer.
After the death of her husband, his "Great Wife" who became "Sanguinary Queen" Ranavalona seized the throne and began to persecute colonials--including Christians--whom she felt threatened her rule (1833 - 1861). Often brutal and sadistic, she often used torture successfully ruled Madagascar for 33 years. This is the only biography in English of this remarkable woman.