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Crown of the Major King of Siam, made of gold, enamel, ruby and diamond, with sword, on cover of 'Lords of Life, A History of the Kings of Thailand', by River Books.

Lords of Life

A History of the Kings of Thailand

Foreword by B. J. Terwiel
By (author) HRH Prince Chula of Chakrabongse


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  • Thai history classic
  • Both scholarly & highly readable
  • Richly illustrated
  • Rare archival images
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HRH Prince Chula Chakrabongse, well known in his lifetime as an author and broadcaster, was in a uniquely favourable position for writing the history of the Royal House of Chakri, the current Thai royal dynasty. He had access to unpublished royal letters, archives and documents of all kinds and, as a grandson of King Chulalongkorn, he had personal knowledge of many of the leading figures in his story. Therefore he was able to give an authoritative and quite fascinating account of the monarchs who were the absolute rulers of Siam for 150 years, who re-established Thai culture and the Buddhist religion after the fall of Ayutthaya and, through skilful diplomacy, preserved Siamese autonomy at a time when her neighbours were giving way before the spread of Western imperialism.

Fifty years after it was first published, this revised edition preserves Prince Chula’s text in its entirety, but has a new foreword by B. J. Terwiel, footnotes explaining developments in Thai historiography and a wealth of archive photographs.

River Books
9th Feb 2022
Paperback / softback
World excluding Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
241 mm x 171 mm
420 Pages
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