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Shah Jahan: The Rise And Fall Of Mughal Emperor
Shah Jahan: The Rise And Fall Of Mughal Emperor
 
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Author : Fergus Nicoll
Publisher : Penguin Viking
ISBN# : 978-0-670-08303-9
Pages : 332
Price :INR 899
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Khurram Shah Jahan, a title meaning ‘King of the World’, ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1659. His reign marked the cultural zenith of the Mughal dynasty: a period of multiculturalism, poetry, fine art and stupendous architecture. His legacy in stone embraces not only the Taj Mahal—the tomb of his beloved second wife, Anjumand Mumtaz Mahal— but fortresses, mosques, gardens, carvanserais and schools. But Shah Jahan was also a ruthless political operator, who only achieved power by ordering the murder of two brothers and at least six other relatives, one of them the legitimately crowned Emperor Dawar Baksh. This is the story of an enlightened despot, a king who dispensed largesse to favoured courtiers but ignored plague in the countryside. Fergus Nicholl has reconstructed this intriguing tale from contemporary biographies, edicts and correspondence. He has also traveled widely through India and Pakistan to follow in Shah Jahan’s footsteps and put together an original portrait that challenges many established legends to bring the man and the emperor to life.
 
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