Calamity & Courage
A Heroine of the Raj

By Belinda Morse
September 2008
Book Guild Publishing
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9781846242151
139 pages, Illustrated
$37.50 Cloth


When only 21 and newly married, Ethel Grimwood was posted with her Political Agent husband Frank to Manipur, a remote region of north-east India. Two years later, in 1891, the young couple were caught up in an unexpected and violent uprising against the British by the local royal family whom they had thought of as friends. Showing sympathy for both sides, Belinda Morse weaves an exciting tale of bravery and endurance, as she recounts how Ethel managed to escape the nightmare, and yet remained emotionally attached to the prince who organised the rebellion. 'Poor Mrs Grimwood has lost everything she ever possessed,' wrote Queen Victoria, who befriended the heroine on her return to England. In the years to come, Ethel, who wrote her own fascinating book about the disaster, would be haunted by memories of the events that won her the Royal Red Cross.

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