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By Tim Hannigan

In 1811, a military of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore in the course of the muddy shallows off Batavia (now Jakarta) to overcome the Dutch colony of Java. they might stay there for 5 turbulent years. Drawing on either British and Javanese archival resources, this narrative history-cum-biography explores the bloody battles and livid controversies that marked British rule in Java, and divulges the long run founding father of Singapore, Thomas Stamford Raffles in a stunning new light.

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The one factor Panular may well do was once to aim to keep on with the Prince’s celebration (which additionally integrated his personal daughter, the younger royal wife). they'd slipped out during the gateway that hooked up the Prince’s quarters – that have been now collapsing lower than the plummeting shells – to the 1st of the slender anteroom courtyards of the internal Kraton, the Kemangdungan, which opened during the ceremonial Srimenganti Gate to a moment courtyard, after which to the interior center, the walled fastness that held the Golden Pavilion and the individual of the Sultan. however the rain of shot and shells was once thickening. there has been damaged masonry far and wide, and the crumpled corpses of these defenders who had attempted to make a stand lay of their blood-stained batiks. A useless horse had fallen opposed to the door to the get away path. Sweating and gasping, with shot whistling throughout, Panular and his retainers controlled to haul the pony transparent sufficient to clamber over its carcass and to scurry down the white passageway past, but if they reached the Srimenganti Gate they discovered its sturdy door – an exceptional hulk of riveted bushes – bolted and protected through a lance-wielding trooper. The Sultan had barricaded himself within along with his girls, and nobody – now not even the Crown Prince – used to be to be allowed in. within the princes’ pressing discussions the former evening the advice of looking shelter within the Taman Sari, the Water Palace, with its warren of damp chambers and underground passageways, were raised. If not anything else it can make a superb position to conceal the main sacred of the heirloom treasures. The Crown Prince were set on becoming a member of his father on the severe second, yet with the best way blocked to him, Panular guessed, he should have remembered the sooner advice and headed southwest for the Taman Sari. Panular moved quickly off within the comparable path, forcing his means via one other guarded gateway past which, to his aid, he met his hunchbacked more youthful brother Diposono who had made it this a ways by means of one other path. at the back of them they can pay attention the roars of shut strive against; wounded Javanese infantrymen have been nonetheless fleeing in all instructions, and the emerging warmth of the morning used to be thick with the scent of gunpowder. the 2 princes scurried notwithstanding slim passageways and shell-shattered courtyards. the following and there a tamarind tree have been felled by way of a cannonball and so they needed to scramble throughout the branches, their sarongs catching among the leaves. eventually the creamy partitions of the Taman Sari got here in sight, towering from its grove of mango bushes and fingers. the concept of its shaded chambers and funky water, and – simply probably – of the gentle, melati-scented breeze that exhibits that the Queen of the Southern Ocean is in place of abode, should have gave the look of a dream of paradise. it'd be a spot to attend for the inevitable in cool, calm dignity. however it was once to not be. Milling in confusion outdoors the jap gateway to the Taman Sari – a pyramid of masonry wearing the flat, leering face of a parent ogre – used to be the get together of the Crown Prince. This gateway too used to be close and bolted, and so they have been not able to strength their approach in.

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