Female Caligula

Female Caligula

Ranavalona, the Mad Queen of Madagascar

Book - 2005
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'The seven christians stood together in the bright sunlight, boundwith ropes singing a hyme to their foreign saviour as the spearmenadvanced. Around them a croud of jostling men, women and children,more than sixty thousand strong...cheered enthusiastically as thespears were driven home and, one by one, the men and women fell andwrithed on the sandy ground, their hymn fading slowly intosilence...above the still writhing bodies, on a ridge, a score ofcrosses stood in mute witness, carrying their ghastly burdens, someof whom still lived despite the day and a half they had hung uponthe wood.

As European colonists scrambled for control of Africa, a leaderarose in the red island of Madagascar who, through ruthlessdetermination thwarted the combined ambitions of all the majorworld powers. That leader and the author of this holocaust was nowarrior but a diminutive woman of middle years, Ranavalona-ManjakaQueen of Madagascar, know to her subjects more simply as Ma Dieu.Under Ranavalona's despotic rule, hundreds of thousands of herpeople, possibly one-half of Madagascar's entire population, weremurdered, starved or simply worked to death by her express command,while she enjoyed an eccentric and debauched lifestyle. For thesecharacteristics, European history has remembered her reign as thatof the Female Caligula.
Publisher: West Sussex, England : Wiley, 2005
ISBN: 9780470022238
Branch Call Number: B 969.101092 RANA
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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