The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj. Anne de Courcy

The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj. Anne de Courcy

Anne De Courcy


The untold tales of the younger ladies who went out to India in the course of the Raj looking for husbands. From the past due nineteenth century, whilst the Raj was once at its peak, a lot of Britain's most sensible and brightest younger males went out to India to paintings as directors, squaddies and businessmen. With the appearance of steam shuttle and the outlet of the Suez Canal, numerous younger women, affliction on the loss of eligible males in Britain, of their wake. This amorphous band used to be composed of daughters returning after their English schooling, women invited to stick with married sisters or pals, and but others whose declared or undeclared objective used to be just to discover a husband. They have been referred to as the Fishing Fleet, and this e-book is their tale, hitherto untold. For those younger women, usually clear of domestic for the 1st time, something they can make sure of was once a rollicking reliable time. by way of the early 20th century, a busy social scene used to be in position, with dances, events, beginner theatricals, picnics, tennis tournaments, cinemas, gymkhanas with might be a tiger shoot and a glittering dinner at a raja's palace thrown in. And, with males outnumbering ladies through approximately 4 to 1, romances have been performed at alarming velocity and marriages have been widespread. yet after the honeymoon lifestyles usually replaced dramatically: whisked off to a distant outpost with few different Europeans for corporation and the place consistent vigilance was once required to protect opposed to disorder, they discovered it a miles cry from the social whirlwind in their first arrival. Anne de Courcy's gleaming narrative is enriched through a wealth of first-hand resources - unpublished memoirs, letters, diaries and images - which deliver this forgotten period vividly to lifestyles.

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