The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857

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Bloomsbury, 2009 - Delhi (India) - 578 pages
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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 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 understanding of British and Indian history, Dalrymple crafts an account of a blood history.

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Well researched but heavy read. - Goodreads
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Nicely written with all the details.Felt pity for Bahadurshah zafar. Read full review

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This is a wonderful portrait of the downfall of a great city. I might write a better review at some point! Read full review

About the author (2009)

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland. He wrote the highly acclaimed bestsellerIn Xanadu when he was twenty-two. His last book, White Mughals, won the Wolfson Prize for History 2003 and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. A stage version by Christopher Hampton has just been co-commissioned by the National Theatre and the Tamasha Theatre Company. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society. His Radio 4 series on the history of British spirituality and mysticism, The Long Search, won the 2002 Sandford St Martin Prize for Religious Broadcasting. He and his family divide their time between London and Delhi.

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