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The Treasured One The Story of Rudivoravan Princess of Siam
The Treasured One The Story of Rudivoravan Princess of Siam Author:Rudivoravan and Knight Illustrated with photographs. — From the dust jacket: "Readers of this book will inevitably be reminded of 'The King and I'...and well they might, for Princess Rudivoravan's grandfather was the fabulous King Mongkut made famous in ..(this) book. She spent her childhood in the City of Forbidden Women in the Grand Palace at Bangkok, and married a p... more »rince. But the call of freedom was too strong, so she gave it all up to live in America.
Rudivoravan's fascinating story is unique in modern times. The twenty-second child of a prince, daughter of his favorite wife, she was separated from her commoner mother and brought up among those whose blood was as royal as hers. But after she had been exposed to English schooling she could no longer accept the restrictions of the Siamese way of life. Rudivoravan knew that she must break away from the luxurious bondage of the high caste women of the Orient.
Here is a human, inside view of what it was like to be one of the perfumed prisoners of the court of Siam, waited on hand and foot, with jewels and clothes and a glittering place in society but without the privilege of making one single, solitary decision-not even to walk in the garden alone."« less