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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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

A book about the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857. The first attempt to free itself of foreign rule and war of Independence. This was the beginning of the end for the Mughal Empire in particular and Muslim ... Read full review

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User Review  - johnwbeha - LibraryThing

This is undoubtedly an excellent historical narrative about a place and a time of which I knew nothing when I started the book and I appreciate the enormous amount of time and energy Dalrymple and his ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland. He wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty two. His last book, White Mughals, won the Wolfson Prize for History in 2003, and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society. He and his family divide their time between London and Delhi.

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