Jewel in the Crown, The, Episodes 1-14 in 4 volumes
Year Released: 1984
When the British Empire was at its height, India was described as the Jewel in Queen Victoria's crown -- the most glittering gem among England's far-flung territorial possessions. The Jewel in the Crown is set in that colony during the last uneasy years of ruling and ruled classes, who try amid the rioting and violence to come to terms with India's inevitable independence. The story opens in Mayapore in February 1942. The Japanese army is massing along the Burmese border after the British have been defeated in Malaya and Burma, and Gandhi is rallying his followers in the struggle against British domination.