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The Last Mughal
The Last Mughal

The Last Mughal

by William Dalrymple

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0143102435 - Year: 2007 - Pages: 578

Binding

Paperback

William Dalrymple
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Author: William Dalrymple
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 578
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143102435

Description

Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, was a mystic, a talented poet, and a skilled calligrapher, who, though deprived of real political power by the East India Company, succeeded in creating a court of great brilliance, and presided over one of the great cultural renaissances of Indian history. In 1857 it was Zafar’s blessing to a rebellion among the Company’s own Indian troops that transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.

The Last Mughal is a portrait of the dazzling Delhi Zafar personified, and the story of the last days of the great Mughal capital and its final destruction in the catastrophe of 1857. Shaped from groundbreaking material, William Dalrymple’s powerful retelling of this fateful course of events is an extraordinary revisionist work with clear contemporary echoes. It is the first account to present the Indian perspective on the siege, and has at its heart the stories of the forgotten individuals tragically caught up in one of the bloodiest upheavals in history.

Contents

List of Illustrations

Maps

Dramatis Personae

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. A Chessboard Kind
2. Believers and Infidels
3. An Uneasy Equilibrium
4. The Near Approach of the Storm
5. The Sword of the Lord of Fury
6. This Day of Ruin and Riot
7. A Precarious Position
8. Blood for Blood
9. The Turn of the Tide
10. To Shoot every soul
11. The City of the Dead
12. The Last of the Great Mughals

Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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