Anna’s Real-Life King of Siam

Anna’s Real-Life King of Siam

by Donna Faulkner
     
 

The people of Siam (now Thailand) were insulted when English governess Anna Leonowens, after spending five years as a royal tutor to his children, wrote two books depicting their beloved King Mongkut as a tyrant. Insult turned to outrage when Broadway and then Hollywood adapted her story as the musical The King and I.

In fact, King Mongkut was Siam's greatest… See more details below

Overview

The people of Siam (now Thailand) were insulted when English governess Anna Leonowens, after spending five years as a royal tutor to his children, wrote two books depicting their beloved King Mongkut as a tyrant. Insult turned to outrage when Broadway and then Hollywood adapted her story as the musical The King and I.

In fact, King Mongkut was Siam's greatest ruler. Inheriting a country rife with medieval customs and feudal ignorance, he almost single-handedly brought Siam into the nineteenth century. Among his many accomplishments, he sparked the reform of the Buddhist religion; spoke eleven languages; mastered history, geography, astronomy, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The result: He?] transformed himself from a god-king to an approachable, tolerant leader. In a diplomatic triumph, he played European powers against each other so deftly that Siam, alone among the nations of Southeast Asia, never succumbed to colonial dominance. This short-form book shares the story of this thoroughly remarkable man.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015489811
Publisher:
New Word City, Inc.
Publication date:
03/12/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
582,479
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Donna Faulkner studied history at Oxford. She is the author of Mandela.

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