Tales of History and Imagination

Eccentric tales from History by Simone Whitlow

Three: Tipu’s Tiger

December 23rd, 2020

One day, a young prince named Tipu went out hunting in the jungle with a friend – sometimes portrayed as a French mercenary in the service of the prince’s father – the fearsome Hyder Ali. While tracking a local deer or antelope the two men were surprised by a giant tiger leaping out at them from the undergrowth.

This fortnight’s tale focuses on the Mysore Kingdom’s ruler Tipu Sultan, and his macabre taste in musical instruments.

The script of this episode is based on a blog post on Tales of History and Imagination published September 8th 2020. You can read it Here.


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About the Author: Simone Whitlow is a musician, songwriter, academic, skip tracer and former Mastermind contestant from New Zealand. Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns. Simone is an avid collector of strange tales from history and other ephemera.

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