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Ch. 11: The Koh-I-Nur, The Great Diamond of History & Romance

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XI.
THE KOH-I-NUR.*
The Great Diamond of History and Romance "—Strange but True—Fact and Fable—An Extravagant Tradition —" One Long Romance of Five Centuries "—Tricks of Eastern Friendship—Exchanging Turbans—The Piti­ful Story of Shah Rokh—A Factor of War and Murder, the Stone Carries a Curse—Built up in a Prison Wall—A Pathetic Incident—Eastern Reverence for Gems—The Supposed Talisman of Victory brings Defeat—Annexation of the Punjaub to the British Empire—Confiscation of the Crown Jewels of Lahore to the East India Company—The Greatest Gem of all Presented to the Queen — Its Character and Appearance — It is Re-cut on the Advice of the Prince Consort—The Koh-i-Nùr at last a Token of Liberty and Peace.
HIS is pre-eminently the " Great Dia­mond of history and romance." Its stirring adventures, when divorced from all connection with Tavernier's " Great Mogul," become intelligible enough. The first dis­tinct and authentic reference to the "Koh-i-Nur" occurs in the subjoined passage from the Memoirs of Sultan Baber, the author of which was a direct descendant of Tamerlane, and founder of the so-called Mogul Empire
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