'An enthralling history of extraordinary kings and their peerlessly cultured and opulent lives . . . truly unforgettable'
In 1631, the heartbroken Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan, ordered the construction of a monument of unsurpassed splendour and majesty in memory of his beloved wife. Theirs was an extraordinary story of passionate love: Mumtaz Mahal even followed her husband on every military campaign, in order that they might never be apart.
But then Mumtaz died in childbirth. Blinded by grief, Shah Jahan created an exquisite and extravagant memorial for her on the banks of the river Jumna. It took twenty years to complete and involved over 20,000 labourers, depleting the Moghul treasuries. But Shah Jahan was to pay a greater price for his obsession. He ended his days imprisoned by his own son in Agra Fort, gazing across the river at the monument to his love. It was to be a tribute that pushed the seventeenth century's most powerful empire into irreversible decline.
A highly readable potted history of the Moghul empire that produced this extraordinary building . . . thoroughly enjoyable'
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