Sonnets for a Queen

by Amy Johnson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/29/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781452078748

About the Book

Amy Johnson's book JIND: is about the life of the last Empress of India, Queen of the Iconic Maharajah Ranjit Singh. She explains how Jind, his successor was the most polarising regent of the land, who came to preminence in the world political arena on the death of her Husband and King. Her prominence is unique in her time, settling in a rarefied place never before populated by a woman Regent in India. She  writes in this instance about Jind's path to power, her personal power, about the formation of her character and values and about the experiences she encountered after the death of the King. Her Book is an ever more gripping account of a Regent who faces extreme turbulence after Ranjit leaves the world political scene. The degree to which Jind imbibed Ranjit's virtues of self-reliance, thrift and respectful diplomacy are revealed in her character.

Amy Johnson does a brilliant exposition of a woman Regent at a time when women in Indian Politics never held a dominant role, leave alone as a Leader to combat invading forces. She writes explicitly about how Jind sat uncomfortably in various positions, about her rethinking of the traditional Royal Sikh conservatism. In her book she points out with candour which the detractors of Jind even today, may find alarming, occasion on which she was wrong or performed at less than her best, about her winter of discontent, the fall of the Sikh Empire and the country which she unwillingly inherited and the power that was thrust upon her.  The crisis of the Sikhs was a crisis of the Spirit of the Nation of India.Great leaders male or female, have always been marked by the consistency of their core beliefs, their strength of character in advocacy and she was no exception.

About the Author

The Author's Father served as an officer with the 8th Ghurkha Rifles and her Paternal uncle was a great influence in her life and served as a Naval Attache under President Eisenhower in Russia. She married a Forces Officer and Aviator with whom she travelled to many places in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. She primarily trained as a Molecular Geneticist conducting research in Cancer Genetics collaborating with scientists at the NIH, Bethesda, near Washington DC, Thomas Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia and Sloane Kettering, New York USA. After obtaining her Doctorate, she taught and researched extensively in the Molecular Sciences. She later completed her Masters in Intellectual Property law and International Business-Corporate Law and trained to become a Solicitor with a highly reputable British Firm. She was greatly inspired by her Law Lecturers who imparted legal education by the excellent mix of the Socratic-Didactic methods. The Author has two sons, one is like his father an Officer and a Pilot married to a commerical Pilot. The second son is training to become a Pilot but engages a passion for formula one Racing, having obtained his ARDS licence at Silverstone.