Merchant Adventurers' Arts Discovery Lecture
Queen Victoria was not only Queen of the United Kingdom, for much of her long reign she was also titular head of the Raj. What did Queen Victoria mean to the people of India? Using untapped government records, a variety of vernacular biographies and portraits, as well as the Queen's own correspondence in the Royal Archives, Miles Taylor has uncovered a deep well of Indian loyalty to the Queen. Neither unconditional nor orchestrated from above, Indian reverence for Queen Victoria can tell us a lot about how the British Raj held together, and how it eventually fell apart.
Professor Miles Taylor
Miles Taylor has been Professor of Modern History at York since 2004. Between 2008 and 2014 he was Director of the Institute of Historical Research in London. His most recent book is Empress: Queen Victoria and India.