The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857

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A&C Black, Aug 17, 2009 - History - 608 pages
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On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence. There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, 'No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Mughals rests.' This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj's Stalingrad, the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture.
 

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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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User Review  - bhutton - LibraryThing

A wonderfully told and researched look at the downfall of Delhi during the Indian Revolt of 1857. A difficult read at time due to the barbarity of both sides but does not revel in it. Read full review

Contents

Reviews of The Last Mughal
Believers and Infidels
An Uneasy Equilibrium
The Near Approach of the Storm
The Sword of the Lord of Fury
This Day of Ruin and Riot
A Precarious Position
Blood for Blood
To Shoot Every Soul
The City of the Dead
The Last of the Great Mughals
Glossary
Bibliography
Plate Section
Footnotes
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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 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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