Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Historical background. 3. Regency of Rajendralaxmi. 4. Political changes during the time of queen regents. 5. Lalitatripurasundari: the regent of two kings. 6. De facto rulers of Nepal. Conclusion. Appendices: i. Letter from the Ranee of Nepal to Gajaraj Misra. ii. Nepal Residency, 6 April, 1832. iii. Installation of the Maharanee of Nepal. iv. Installation of the Maharanee of Nepal, Jan. 1843. v. A letter of Rajyalaxmi Devi for Rajendra Bikram Shah. vi. Lal Mohar of Rajendra Bikram Shah to follow the orders of Mathbar Singh Thapa. vii. Announcement of the King to declare Mathbar Singh Thapa as Prime Minister. viii. Lal Mohar of Girwan Yuddha Bikram Shah to call back the sons of Damodar Pande. Shah Kings and queens. Glossary. Selected bibliography.
"The time period from 1775 to 1846 is very important in the political history of Nepal, mainly because of the roles played by the queens during that time. It was a crucial period in the political and social life of Nepal.
This book deals particularly with the roles of Rajendra Laxmi, Rajrajeswori, Subarnaprabha, Lalitatripurasundari, Samrajya Laxmi and Rajya Laxmi. These queens, as the regents to the kings, played constructive, patriotic and positive roles during this period. Some of them had been successful in the continuation of unification. At times they were also involved in fulfilling their selfish desires.
Dr. Karmacharya has explored extensively the original national and international sources to study critically the roles of the queens of Nepal in this period and revealed many important facts which were unknown and were not published previously. The book will be useful to the teachers and students of history including the general readers and other scholars who are interested about Nepalese history of that period."