The Tainted Throne: Empires of the Moghul (Empire of the Moghul, Book 4)

By Alex Rutherford

Book Details:

ISBN: 0312597037
EAN: 9780312597030
ASIN: 0312597037
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: 2013-05-28
Number of Pages: 448
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads

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India, 1606. Jahangir, the positive Moghul Emperor and ruler of lots of the Indian subcontinent, is doomed. No volume of wealth and ruthlessness can shield him from his sons' wish for strength. the wonderful Moghul throne is worthy any volume of bloodshed and betrayal; as soon as Jahangir raised troops opposed to his personal father; now he faces a bloody conflict with Khurram, the ablest of his warring sons. Worse is to come back. simply because the heirs of Timur the nice percentage intelligence, actual energy, and utter ruthlessness, additionally they have an exceptional weak spot for wine and opium. as soon as Jahangir is tempted, his gifted spouse, Mehrunissa, is just too prepared to absorb the reins of the empire. And with Khurram and his half-brothers every one nonetheless made up our minds to be their father's inheritor, the savage conflict for the Moghul throne may be extra ferocious than even Timur can have imagined.

The Tainted Throne, the fourth installment in Alex Rutherford's the world over bestselling historic event sequence, is decided within the Moghul Empire, that includes a tradition comparable to the Dothraki in A online game of Thrones

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Author Name: Alex Rutherford

Author Description: Alex Rutherford is the pen identify of Diana Preston and her husband Michael. either studied at Oxford collage studying heritage and English respectively. they're willing travelers and feature now clocked up visits to over a hundred and forty of the world's countries.

Says Diana 'our maximum love is India the place we've spent a minimum of a yr of our lives. Our examine into the construction of the Taj Mahal for our non-fiction booklet 'A Teardrop at the Cheek of Time', led us to discover the early background of the dynasty which outfitted the Taj – the Moghuls. to assist us get contained in the heads of the founders of the Moghul dynasty for our fiction quintet 'Empire of the Moghul', we've learn the entire chronicles of the time. through the years we've additionally retraced the stairs of the Moghuls from the Ferghana Valley in Kyrgyzstan – domestic to the 1st Moghul emperor, the boy-king Babur – to Iran and to the blue domes and minarets of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, around the purple deserts to the Oxus River, over the Hindu Kush to Kabul and Afghanistan and down during the Khyber cross to the plains of northern India.

'In truth, except on one social gathering after we have been stranded on a distant island off the coast of Borneo and compelled to conceal from pirates, a few of our hairiest moments while vacationing were while learning our non-fiction books. whereas engaged on our ebook approximately Captain Scott and the race for the South Pole, 'A respectable Tragedy', the Russian study vessel on which we have been crusing into Antarctica's Ross Sea was once approximately misplaced in a single of the worst storms in Antarctic heritage with a hundred and forty knot winds (over 240 kilometres in step with hour) and 20 metre excessive waves. The lifestyles rafts washed overboard and the superstructure iced over just like the inside an previous refrigerator, placing us at risk of capsizing. On one other celebration whereas studying our e-book on one in every of our favorite characters the buccaneer-naturalist William Dampier, 'A Pirate of beautiful Mind', we set out in his footsteps to move the Darien Isthmus in Panama with neighborhood Indian courses. We needed to evade FARC guerrillas, Colombian paramilitaries and the lethal fer de lance snake, within the latter case wading waist excessive in rivers – our consultant claimed snakes can't chunk and swim on the similar time!'

Author URL: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3041767

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Mehrunissa . . . may well it fairly be she – now not an bold courtier or disloyal officer – who had became his father opposed to him? If she had certainly turn into his enemy each difficult factor that had occurred may begin to make feel. ‘I don’t recognize no matter if i feel you, yet i'll take into consideration what you’ve stated. ’ ‘That is all I ask, aside from one favour. As I acknowledged, i'll presently be returning to England, yet my web page Nicholas Ballantyne needs to stay in Hindustan. he's unswerving and clever and could serve any grasp good. Will you're taking him into your family? ’ ‘To secret agent and report to you in England? ’ For the 1st time Roe smiled. ‘No. i attempted as difficult as i may to cajole him to come to England. however it isn't any topic. in case you won't take him, Majesty, i'm going to ask considered one of my pals at courtroom. ’ Asaf Khan’s often lively face used to be very nonetheless as he listened. After Khurram had comprehensive, he took a second to reply. ‘It’s challenging to assert this of my very own sister yet i think the ambassador is true. Mehrunissa has became opposed to you. She plans in the future to rule via Shahriyar and also you stand in her manner. because the ambassador acknowledged, humans at court docket have began to discuss her love of energy. ’ Khurram struck the stone column opposed to which he used to be leaning along with his gauntleted hand. ‘How can my father be so blind? Doesn’t he be aware of what’s being acknowledged? ’ ‘He does comprehend yet chooses to disregard it. just a month in the past, Mullah Shaikh Hassan used his sermon within the Friday mosque to criticise the emperor for permitting the empress to factor imperial decrees. He claimed a lady had no correct to take action. He additionally criticised the emperor for consuming wine, blaming it for clouding your father’s brain and making him doze off whereas attending the conferences of the spiritual council, the ulama. Mehrunissa sought after the mullah flogged yet for as soon as the emperor resisted her and easily overlooked the outburst. The mullahs aren’t the single ones to resent Mehrunissa. a few of the commanders – quite the older ones like Yar Muhammad, the Governor of Gwalior – have complained to me that it truly is now her seal extra usually than his that's affixed to their orders, yet they convey their discontent privately. one of many few who stated something overtly to the emperor stumbled on himself subsequent day “promoted” to an outpost within the fever-ridden swamps of Bengal. ’ It was once early night. After Roe’s departure Khurram had waited in useless for a summons from his father to visit him within the castle. All day he have been turning Roe’s phrases again and again in his brain, at any time when discovering them extra credible. He have been approximately to name for his horse and journey as much as the castle to call for to determine Jahangir whilst he had considered consulting Asaf Khan. He larger than someone must have an perception into what may be in his sister’s brain, and as Arjumand’s father he may possibly without doubt be relied on. ‘In harming me Mehrunissa might damage Arjumand and our youngsters. Doesn’t that suggest something to her? ’ ‘No. Having put in herself in Jahangir’s affections, she thinks first of her personal pursuits after which these of her daughter.

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