Author: John LallD N Dube/Photographer: D N DubePublisher: Roli BooksYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 176ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174364226
The Taj Mahal, one of the world’s acknowledged wonders, represents the culmination of the arts of architecture and decoration which had developed in India during centuries of Mughal rule. In this book, John Lall briefly traces the history of the Mughals in India. The account of the lives of the six great Mughal emperors has been enlivened by a lucidly written text which successfully recreates the spirit of the time and place. The greatness of the Mughals has been vividly captured by the sumptuous photographs of D N Dube.The title of this book declares its own purpose. Stories of the unsurpassed grandeur of the court of the Great Mughals had captivated Western imagination ever since the first European travelers arrived in Agra. From the time it was completed in the middle of the seventeenth century, the Taj Mahal epitomized the glory of Hindustan. It is this Agra that the few pages that follow attempt to portray.Necessarily, the scene is set in a historical framework. This has involved rigorous selectivity. As Akbar’s biographer, Abul Fazl, said: Agra was the centre of Hindustan.
PREFACEConquest-reconquestThe Age of SplendourThe Master BuildersFatehpur Sikri: A Place of VictoryAkbar’s Tomb: SikandraTaj Mahal