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Shah-Jahan

Shah-Jahan

The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Emperor

Nicoll Fergus
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Shah-Jahan-‘King of the World’-ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1658, 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, Arjumand Mumtaz-Mahal-but fortresses, mosques, gardens, caravanserais and schools. Shah-Jahan was also a ruthless political operator who achieved power by ordering the murder of two brothers and at least six other relatives, an enlightened despot, a king who dispensed largesse to favoured courtiers but ignored plague in the countryside.

Fergus Nicoll has reconstructed this intriguing tale from contemporary biographies, edicts and correspondence, putting together an original portrait that challenges many established legends to bring the man and the emperor to life.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Apr/2018

ISBN: 9780143067016

Length : 456 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Shah-Jahan

The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Emperor

Nicoll Fergus

Shah-Jahan-‘King of the World’-ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1658, 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, Arjumand Mumtaz-Mahal-but fortresses, mosques, gardens, caravanserais and schools. Shah-Jahan was also a ruthless political operator who achieved power by ordering the murder of two brothers and at least six other relatives, an enlightened despot, a king who dispensed largesse to favoured courtiers but ignored plague in the countryside.

Fergus Nicoll has reconstructed this intriguing tale from contemporary biographies, edicts and correspondence, putting together an original portrait that challenges many established legends to bring the man and the emperor to life.

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Nicoll Fergus

Fergus Nicoll has been a journalist with the BBC World Service since 1988. He has travelled frequently in South Asia and the Middle East, and has written several books and articles on the religious uprising in Sudan in the late nineteenth century. He has a BA in Sanskrit from the University of Oxford and a PhD in history from the University of Reading. He is married with two adult children and lives in North Wales.