Made for Mughal Emperors

Royal Treasures from Hindustan

Author: Susan Stronge

Publisher: Roli Books Private Limited

ISBN: 9788174366962

Category: Art

Page: 255

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Mughal Hindustan is renowned for its opulence. Under emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan the court produced some of the greatest art of the era. Artists and craftsmen came from Europe, Iran and all over the Indian subcontinent to the Mughal palaces to work. From the architecture of the Taj Mahal to the intricacies of miniatures, the artwork of the Mughal court still capivates scholars and the public alike. How did these iconic masterpieces come into being? Who built them and for what purpose? Susan Stronge's lavishly illustrated new book tells the stories behind the artwork. She traces the route from the craftsmen in their workshops to the royal family and nobles who commissioned the pieces.

Painting for the Mughal Emperor

the art of the book, 1560-1660

Author: Susan Stronge

Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum


Category: Art

Page: 192

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A unique blend of Indian, Persian, and Islamic styles, Mughal painting reached its golden age during the reigns of the emperors Akbar, Jahangir, and Shah Jahan in the 16th and 17th centuries. This gloriously illustrated book is the first to examine the Victoria and Albert Museum's remarkable collection of Mughal paintings, one of the finest in the world.Richly detailed battle scenes, scenes of court life, and lively depictions of the hunt were commissioned by the royal courts, along with a remarkable series of portraits, studies of wildlife, and decorative borders. The authoritative text contains much new research, and the beautifully reproduced color illustrations give this stunning volume wide appeal.

The Lives of the Mughal Emperors

Author: John Reeve

Publisher: British Library Board

ISBN: 9780712358873

Category: Art

Page: 96

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One of the most powerful of all the world's great dynasties, the Mughals ruled India for over three hundred years. Beginning in 1526, the first six emperors--Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb--invaded, lost, regained, and greatly expanded an empire that at its peak covered most of preindependent India. But the later rulers were seriously overstretched, increasingly lacking authority, resources, or ability, and by the time the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was deposed in 1857, the once-great dynasty held power over just the Red Fort in Delhi. In The Lives of the Mughal Emperors, John Reeve tells the individual stories of the Mughal emperors and other key officials through the art that was produced at the time. The Mughals were great patrons of the arts, and Reeve reveals them to be not only an enormously powerful dynasty but also one beset by problems of opium and alcohol addiction, brutal familial infighting, and territorial pressures from other political powers. A beautifully illustrated introduction to the Mughal period, this volume will appeal to anyone interested in how the Mughals built and then lost a great empire.

The Mughal Emperors and the Islamic Dynasties of India, Iran and Central Asia, 1206-1925

Author: Francis Robinson,Professor History of South Asia and Vice Principal Francis Robinson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 240

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This is a reign-by-reign record of the sultans, shahs, emperors and khans who all shared the Muslim persianate high civilization that flourished from Iran and Central Asia through Afghanistan to India from the 13th to the 20th centuries.

Shah Jahan

Author: Fergus Nicoll

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 0670083038

Category: Mogul Empire

Page: 332

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Khurram Shah Jahan, a title meaning King of the World , ruled the Mughal Empire from 1628 to 1659. His reign marked the cultural zenith of the Mughal dynasty: a period of multiculturalism, poetry, fine art and stupendous architecture. His legacy in stone embraces not only the Taj Mahal the tomb of his beloved second wife, Anjumand Mumtaz Mahal but fortresses, mosques, gardens, carvanserais and schools. But Shah Jahan was also a ruthless political operator, who only achieved power by ordering the murder of two brothers and at least six other relatives, one of them the legitimately crowned Emperor Dawar Baksh. This is the story of an enlightened despot, a king who dispensed largesse to favoured courtiers but ignored plague in the countryside. Fergus Nicholl has reconstructed this intriguing tale from contemporary biographies, edicts and correspondence. He has also traveled widely through India and Pakistan to follow in Shah Jahan's footsteps and put together an original portrait that challenges many established legends to bring the man and the emperor to life.

The Last Mughal

The Fall of Delhi, 1857

Author: William Dalrymple

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408806886

Category: History

Page: 608

View: 3480

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.

The Mughal Throne

The Saga of India's Great Emperors

Author: Abraham Eraly

Publisher: Phoenix House

ISBN: 9780753817582

Category: History

Page: 555

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Describes the lives of six Mughal rulers, from 1526 to 1707.

The Mughal Empire

Author: John F. Richards

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521566032

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3880

This traces the history of the Mughal empire from its creation in 1526 to its breakup in 1720. It stresses the quality of Mughal territorial expansion, their innovation in land revenue, military organization, and the relationship between the emperors and I

The Mughal World

Life in India's Last Golden Age

Author: Abraham Eraly

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780143102625

Category: Mogul Empire

Page: 420

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It Is Hard To Imagine Anyone Succeeding More Gracefully In Producing A Balanced Overview Than Abraham Eraly William Dalrymple, Sunday Times, London In The Mughal World Abraham Eraly Continues His Fascinating Chronicle Of The Grand Saga Of The Mughal Empire. In Emperors Of The Peacock Throne He Gave Us The Story Of The Lives And Achievements Of The Great Mughal Emperors; In This Book, He Looks Beyond The Momentous Historical Events To Portray, In Precise And Vivid Detail, The Agony And Ecstasy Of Life In Mughal India. Combining Scholarly Objectivity With Artful Storytelling The Author Presents A Lively Panorama Of The Mughal World Emperors And Nobles At Work And Play; Harem Life; The Profligacy And Extravagance Of The Ruling Class Juxtaposed With The Stark Wretchedness Of The Common People. Meticulously Researched And Lucidly Narrated The Mughal World Offers Rare Insights Into The State Of The Empire S Economy, Religious Policies, The Mughal Army And Its Tactics, And The Glories Of Mughal Art, Architecture, Literature And Music.

Paintings from Mughal India

Author: Andrew Topsfield

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781851240876

Category: Art

Page: 184

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A unique style of court painting, combining Persian, Indian and European elements, developed in India under the Mughal emperors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Originally an art of book illustration, it soon gave rise to highly naturalistic portraiture and scenes of court life, among other subjects. These elegant and expressive works reflect the splendour of the Mughal empire, as well as the enthusiasm of the emperors from Akbar (1556–1605) onwards for stories of adventure and romance, for the recording of great imperial assemblies, or the meticulous depiction of the flora and fauna of India. Among the highlights of the book are the illustrations to Akbar’s magnificent Baharistan manuscript of 1595, and the court scenes from the reigns of Shah Jahan (1627–58) or the pleasure-loving Muhammad Shah (1719–48). This book reproduces many of the finest Mughal and Deccani paintings preserved in the Bodleian Library’s rich and historic collection, largely formed between 1640 and 1900. These pictures range in date from around 1560 to 1800, when British influence was becoming dominant in India. Each image is presented as a full page colour plate with facing text describing its subject and significance, while the introduction situates the works within the general context of the period and its art. A number of textual revisions have been made since the book first appeared in 2008.


Author: Stephen F. Dale

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108470076

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 258

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"Offers readers a compelling picture of Babur's Central Asian world, one which is little appreciated by most individuals who are either natives or students of South Asia studies"--Provided by publisher.

A Short History of the Mughal Empire

Author: Michael H Fisher

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857729764

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 7116

The Mughal Empire dominated India politically, culturally, socially, economically and environmentally, from its foundation by Babur, a Central Asian adventurer, in 1526 to the final trial and exile of the last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar at the hands of the British in 1858. Throughout the empire's three centuries of rise, preeminence and decline, it remained a dynamic and complex entity within and against which diverse peoples and interests conflicted. The empire's significance continues to be controversial among scholars and politicians with fresh and exciting new insights, theories and interpretations being put forward in recent years. This book engages students and general readers with a clear, lively and informed narrative of the core political events, the struggles and interactions of key individuals, groups and cultures, and of the contending historiographical arguments surrounding the Mughal Empire.

Fall Of Mughal Empire Vol-3 (hb)

Author: Jadunath Sarkar

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125017615


Page: 318

View: 8131

The Four Volumes Together Comprise A Detailed Study Of The Causes And The Result Of The Events Between 1707 1803, That Is Between The Death Of Aurangzib And The Conquest Of Delhi. Dr Sarkar S Pioneering Work Is Based On A Close Examination Of Contemporary Sources And Documents. The Fourth Edition Of This Book Includes Extensive Footnotes Listing The Best Sources Available On The Subject, Scholarly Acknowledgement Of Other Historians Views, And Detailed Identification In Present-Day India Of The Villages And Towns Mentioned In The Book.

Anvari's Divan

A Pocket Book for Akbar : a Dīvān of Auḥaduddin Anvari, Copied for the Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Akbar (r. 1556-1605) at Lahore in A.H. 996/A.D. 1588 Now in the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University

Author: Annemarie Schimmel,Stuart Cary Welch

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 0870993313

Category: Illumination of books and manuscripts, Islamic

Page: 142

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Mistress of the Throne

Author: Ruchir Gupta

Publisher: Sristhi Publishers & Distributors

ISBN: 9382665072

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

View: 2831

1631. The Empress of India – Mumtaz Mahal – has died. Yet, rather than anoint one of his several other wives to take her place as Empress of India, Mughal King Shah Jahan anoints his seventeen-year-old daughter Jahanara as the next Queen of India. Bearing an almost identical resemblance to her mother, Jahanara is the first ever daughter of a sitting Mughal King to be anointed queen. She is reluctant to accept this title, but does so in hopes of averting the storm approaching her family and Mughal India. Her younger siblings harbor extreme personalities – from a liberal multiculturalist (who views religion as an agent of evil) to an orthodox Muslim (who views razing non-Muslim buildings as divine will). Meanwhile, Jahanara struggles to come to terms with her own dark reality: as the daughter of a sitting King, she is forbidden to marry. Thus, while she lives in the shadow of her parents’ unflinching love story, she is devastated by the harsh reality that she is forbidden to share such a romance with another. Mistress of the Throne narrates the powerful story of one of India’s most opulent and turbulent times through the eyes of an unsuspecting character: a Muslim queen. It uses actual historical figures to illuminate the complexity of an era that has often been called “India’s Golden Age”.

Raiders from the North

Empire of the Moghul

Author: Alex Rutherford

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429923231

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 9348

THE EPIC STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EMPIRES IN HISTORY The mighty Empire of the Moghuls burst out of Central Asia into India in the sixteenth century. The first in a compelling new series of novels, Raiders from the North tells the largely unknown story of the rise and fall of the Mogul dynasties. It is 1494 when the ruler of Ferghana dies in an extraordinary accident. His only son, Babur, faces a seemingly impossible challenge. Babur is determined to live up to the example of his legendary ancestor, Tamburlaine, whose conquests transformed the face of the earth from Delhi to the Mediterranean, from wealthy Persia to the wildernesses along the Volga. But Babur is dangerously young to inherit a kingdom. Before Babur can summon enough warlords to declare him the rightful king, plots against his crown, even his life, are hatching. And soon, he will discover that even the bravest and most fearless leader can be betrayed. With the wisest of advisers and most courageous of warriors by his side, Babur can achieve a great destiny and found an empire in India, but every step of his journey will be fraught with danger. Set in a world of tribal rivalries, rampaging armies, and ruthlessly ambitious enemies, Raiders from the North is historical adventure at its very best.

Emperors of the Peacock Throne

The Saga of the Great Mughals

Author: Abraham Eraly

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780141001432

Category: India

Page: 555

View: 4813

A Stirring Account Of One Of The World S Greatest Empires In December 1525, Zahir-Ud-Din Babur, Descended From Chengiz Khan And Timur Lenk, Crossed The Indus River Into The Punjab With A Modest Army And Some Cannon. At Panipat, Five Months Later, He Fought The Most Important Battle Of His Life And Routed The Mammoth Army Of Sultan Ibrahim Lodi, The Afghan Ruler Of Hindustan. Mughal Rule In India Had Begun. It Was To Continue For Over Three Centuries, Shaping India For All Time. In This Definitive Biography Of The Great Mughals, Abraham Eraly Reclaims The Right To Set Down History As A Chronicle Of Flesh-And-Blood People. Bringing To His Task The Objectivity Of A Scholar And The High Imagination Of A Master Storyteller, He Recreates The Lives Of Babur, The Intrepid Pioneer; The Dreamer Humayun; Akbar, The Greatest And Most Enigmatic Of The Mughals; The Aesthetes Jehangir And Shah Jahan; And The Dour And Determined Aurangzeb.