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Emperors of the Peacock Throne

Emperors of the Peacock Throne
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Author Abraham Eraly
Publisher Penguin Books
ISBN-10 141001437
ISBN-13 9780141001432
Product Dimensions 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
Pages 555
Rs. 1,860.00
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Emperors of the Peacock Throne



A stirring account of one of the world’s greatest empires In December 1525, Zahir-ud-din Babur, descended from Chengiz Khan and Timur Lenk, crossed the Indus river into the Punjab with a modest army and some cannon. At Panipat, five months later, he fought the most important battle of his life and routed the mammoth army of Sultan Ibrahim Lodi, the Afghan ruler of Hindustan. Mughal rule in India had begun. It was to continue for over three centuries, shaping India for all time. In this definitive biography of the great Mughals, Abraham Eraly reclaims the right to set down history as a chronicle of flesh-and-blood people. Bringing to his task the objectivity of a scholar and the high imagination of a master story-teller, he recreates the lives of Babur, the intrepid pioneer; the dreamer Humayun; Akbar, the greatest and most enigmatic of the Mughals; the aesthetes Jehangir and Shah Jahan; and the dour and determined Aurangzeb. ‘The book marks the return of the narrative in historical writing. Eraly weaves together accounts of the people and politics of the empire and explodes myths about controversial emperors like Babur and Aurangzeb. A valuable contribution.’ —Outlook ‘Eraly writes with the ease of a fiction writer (and) succeeds in making all the historical characters come alive...he truly impresses when the narrative assumes a sense of passion, helping to recapture the glory and grandeur of this illustrious period of Indian history.’ —The Telegraph ‘Consistently readable...Eraly’s writing is vigorous, supple and undogmatic.’ —Indian Review of Books

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