In this evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire and the beginning of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered. By: William Dalrymple Media of The Last Mughal This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who. Buy The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, by William Dalrymple (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery.

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For me,the most poignant part of myghal book was the account of Bahadur Shah Zafar’s exile to Burma,where the last Mughal breathed his last and penned some immortal vers Bahadur Shah Zafar was an emperor in name only,one left with just a title and confined to Delhi by the real rulers of India at the time,the British.

Please try again later. In fact a rich darymple and social fabric existed due to this pluralistic co-existence.

This is fitting, as Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, was also more suited to poetry than politics and also lost his throne, regaining it just in time to pass it along to his remarkable son Akbar in The histories of Islamic fundamentalism and European imperialism have very often been closely, and dangerously, intertwined.

This is also the first ever book that looks at the mutiny from the Indian point of view, though it is written by an Englishman. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The mutiny of proved to be the fall of the Mughal Dynasty, and dlrymple end of this vibrant way of life. Deprived of real political power by the East India Company, Zafar nevertheless succeeded in creating a court of great brilliance, and presided over one of the great cultural renaissances of Indian history.

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William is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. No such tears were ever shed for Delhi. She spoke English fluently because it was her first language. Alive, relevant, and fair. Along dalrmple way, a cultured Sufi emperor is deposed, heirs are brutally shot at roadside, massacres occur, and the East India Company takes over.

The atrocities committed by the British and we find at-length descriptions of theseand the sufferings of the people highlight one thing above everything else. View all 4 comments. Towards the end, I tended to disagree with Dalrymple’s daughter; there should be more of it – I am still hungry.


William Dalrymple has the extraordinary ability to take a historical event of great complexity and produce a text mguhal is utterly readable, yet without oversimplifying the issues. Start reading The Last Mughal on your Kindle in under a minute. What blame does he deserve for the bloody fiasco? He has rarely rated more than a paragraph or two, sometimes only one sentence, and as often as not has been referred to merely as the King of Delhi – which is rather like describing the Pope as the Bishop of Rome in order to diminish him.

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A culturally diverse, almost lqst city, of which Bahadur Shah Zafar, was the mere figurehead. Importantly, it directs our attention to several of our presend-day issues and attitudes, a direct result of our legacy.

What makes the reading a pleasure is the simple and sometime humorous tone Dalrymple has taken to describe the events and the curiosity with which he himself wanted to look into the events. The best part of the book, apart from the most wonderful language and detailed research, is the way author has made efforts to introduce the whole scenario alo The work of an extra-ordinary effort, this book shows us the very intriguing dalrympl definitive tale of the fall of Mughal dynasty.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As I’ve remarked about Dalrymple’s history of the – Afghan wars, I expected to find racial prejudice among the mughwl officers and army. The empire and its court were responsible for a great body of architecture and literature that flourished up to the time of its demise.

I wanted insight into complicated Muslim, Sufi, Hindu, Christian relations and got exactly what I was looking for. The other based in Deoband which was a fundamentalist movement that wanted to go back to the quran without all the Indic and other influences that they saw as corrupting Islam.

He was buried anonymously and his grave was discovered decades later. As the British Commissioner in charge insisted, willia, vestige should remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Moghuls rests. But the writer was so successful in telling those stories in such a sympathetic way that it seemed all the events were happening in front of my eyes! Mar 11, Pages. This is something not highlighted in our history books for obvious reasons.


If only he could have been strong enough to prevent the terrible excesses and atrocities, maybe history would have treated him better. Well written and painstakingly researched. Fundamentally, he did two things. LitFlash The dalrympke you want at the lowest prices. I suppose giving linear narratives to history is almost comforting to some people, for whom its not easy to digest that motives could have been complex, and ulterior in a lot of cases – self serving, and not for the benefit of the country.

The first part is fairly interesting. I like how Dalrymple deconstructs secondary events that only a caring historian’s eye can catch.

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Delhi, 1 6 May 10, Dalrymple’s writing also does not make things easy for the reader, he never says washerman when he can say ‘dhobi’never says police station if he can say ‘thana’. Nonetheless, Zafar—a mystic, poet, and calligrapher of great accomplishment—created a court of unparalleled brilliance, and gave rise to perhaps the greatest literary renaissance in modern Indian history.

A poignant account of the events of in Delhi. I was dumbfounded to read the reasoning for this coming from British subjects of their own monarchy. Dalrymple and his research team spent over four years in India uncovering and often translating for the first time vast treasure troves of documentary material, much of which had not been touched since it was gathered in It was a sad but wonderful and enlightening look at once more, one that I have never glimpsed in all the years I studied Indian history in school and college.

No longer were Britain’s Indian policies in the s conducted by the likes of Warren Hastings and William Jones, who understood and respected Indian values and traditions. I cannot doubt that they will do for the Hindoo what they have done for the Tartar. An intriguing narration of the Sepoy Mutiny. See and discover other items: