The Last Mughal

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Random House LLC, Mar 27, 2007 - History - 534 pages
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In this evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire and the beginning of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered sources to investigate a pivotal moment in history.

The last Mughal emperor, Zafar, came to the throne when the political power of the Mughals was already in steep decline. Nonetheless, Zafar—a mystic, poet, and calligrapher of great accomplishment—created a court of unparalleled brilliance, and gave rise to perhaps the greatest literary renaissance in modern Indian history. All the while, the British were progressively taking over the Emperor's power. When, in May 1857, Zafar was declared the leader of an uprising against the British, he was powerless to resist though he strongly suspected that the action was doomed. Four months later, the British took Delhi, the capital, with catastrophic results. With an unsurpassed understanding of British and Indian history, Dalrymple crafts a provocative, revelatory account of one the bloodiest upheavals in history.


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A very poignant depiction of the last Mughal. - Flipkart
Historical!! IT was an excellent piece of writing. - Flipkart
Well researched, indepth analysis, yet never boring. - Flipkart
His writing is unbiased and keep you seated to the end. - Flipkart
It can be used as a reference book as well. - Flipkart

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Historical!! IT was an excellent piece of writing. Full of facts and stories. Better than my history book, indeed. Had fun. Read full review

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William Dalrymple has done extensive research and found a rich trove of original sources and has prepared an authoritative, richly documented account of this significant landmark in Indian history ... Read full review

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An Uneasy Equilibrium
106
The Sword of the Lord 0fFury
137
This Day of Ruin and Riot
197
A Precarious Position
215
Blood for Blood
239
The Tum of the Tide
369
G0 II_
390
Bibliography
503
Index
513
Illustrations
520
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William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. When he was twenty-two he wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. In 1989 Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for six years researching his second book, City of Djinns, which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award.He is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. They now divide their time between London and Delhi.


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