Emperors of the Peacock Throne: The Saga of the Great Mughals

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Penguin Books India, 2000 - India - 555 pages
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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 Storyteller, 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.
 

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Contents

Like a King on a Chessboard
5
The Struggle for Survival
39
The Dreamer Cometh
41
The Afghan Interlude
71
Man of Destiny
73
Peaceable Kingdom
82
Fiery
91
The Mughal Restoration
101
Illiterate Savant
173
An Experiment in Synthesis
181
My Mind Is Not at Ease Reason Not Tradition Allahu Akbar Tyranny Is Unlawful
215
The Long Farewell
222
The Middle Empire
231
28
246
The Paradise on Earth
297
Over the
373

IIumayun in Exile
103
The Reluctant Boy King
114
Behind the Veil
115
The Empire Takes Hold
137
Earth Hunger
139
Invincible Emperor
149
Person and Persona
163
9 U
433
Epilogue
523
Bibliography
540
222
547
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