A History of India Under Two First Sovereigns of the House of Taimur, Báber and Humágun

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1854 - Mogul Empire
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Page 524 - Elphinstone4, who describes it as containing " a minute account of the life of a great Tartar monarch, along with a natural effusion of his opinions and feelings free from disguise and reserve, and no less free from all affectation of extreme frankness and candour.
Page 484 - ... furiously and put to the sword The reason of this desperate sally from their works was, that, on giving up the place for lost, they had put to death the whole of their wives and women, and having resolved to perish, had stripped themselves naked in which condition they had rushed out to the fight ; and, engaging with ungovernable desperation, drove our people along the ramparts.
Page 164 - Haderwish had here lost none of its violence, and blew keen. So excessive was the cold, that in the course of two or three days we lost two or three persons from its severity. I required to bathe on account of my religious purifications; and went down for that purpose to a rivulet, which was frozen on the banks, but not in the middle, from the rapidity of the current. I plunged myself into the water, and dived sixteen times. The extreme dullness of the water quite penetrated me.
Page 524 - It is a relief," says his translator, " in the midst of the pompous coldness of Asiatic history, to find a king who can weep for days, and tell us that he wept for the playmate of his boyhood.
Page 519 - In front of the grave there is a small but chaste mosque of marble ; and an inscription upon it sets forth that it was built in the year 1640, by order of the Emperor Shah Jehan, after defeating Mahommed Nuzzur Khan in Balkh and Badakhshan, that poor Mahommedans might here offer up their prayers.
Page 524 - ... beneath their level is left entirely out of sight. In Baber the figures, dress, tastes, and habits of each individual introduced are described with such minuteness and reality that we seem to live among them, and to know their persons as well as we do their characters.23 His descriptions of the countries he visited, their scenery, climate, productions, and works of art...
Page 465 - The Rajputs, energetic, chivalrous, fond of battle and bloodshed, animated by a strong national spirit, were ready to meet face to face the boldest veterans of the camp, and were at all times prepared to lay down their life for their honour.
Page 468 - Having sent for the gold and silver goblets and cups, with all the other utensils used for drinking parties, I directed them to be broken, and renounced the use of wine, purifying my mind. The fragments of the goblets and other utensils of gold and silver I directed to be divided among derwishes and the poor.
Page 407 - I. p. 406. dent principalities, jagirs and provinces, each ruled by a hereditary chief or by a zemindar or delegate from Delhi, and the inhabitants looked more to their immediate governors, who had absolute power in the province and in whose hands consequently lay their happiness or misery than to a distant and little known sovereign.
Page 162 - ... lived at the house of one of the head men of the place. He was an aged man, seventy or eighty years old. His mother was still alive, and had attained an extreme old age, being at this time a hundred and eleven years old. One of this lady's relations had accompanied the army of Taimur Beg, when it invaded Hindustan. The circumstances remained fresh in her memory, and she often told us stories on that subject.

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