Empress
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Empress  (English, Paperback, Lal Ruby)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House India
  • Genre: History
  • ISBN: 9780143454885, 0143454889
  • Pages: 304
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The fascinating biography of the most powerful Mughal woman in history When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could match. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents' mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna, which inspired her stepson's Taj Mahal. And she was both celebrated and reviled for her political acumen and diplomatic skill, which rivaled those of her female counterparts in Europe and beyond. In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and most cherished wife of Emperor Jahangir. While other wives were secluded behind walls, Nur ruled the vast Mughal Empire alongside her husband, and governed in his stead when his health failed and his attention wandered from matters of state. An astute politician and a devoted partner, Nur led troops into battle to free Jahangir when he was imprisoned by one of his officers. She signed and issued imperial orders, and coins of the realm bore her name. Acclaimed historian Ruby Lal uncovers the rich life and world of Nur Jahan, rescuing this dazzling figure from patriarchal and orientalist cliches of romance and intrigue, while giving a new insight into the lives of the women and the girls during the Mughal Empire, even where scholars claim there are no sources. Nur's confident assertion of authority and talent is revelatory. In Empress, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography that awakens us to a fascinating history.
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  • 198 mm
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  • 129 mm
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A great feminist biography

A remarkable historical account of a magnificent and powerful royal Mughal woman, Ruby Lal does complete justice in painting a vivid picture of Nur-Jahan's life.
Nur-Jahan, born as Mihr-un-Nissa to Iranian refugees, Ghiyas Beg and Asmat, rose from being a protected girl in her parent's Agra house to a bold, independent and fierce woman, who carved a niche and a name for herself in history books.
Unapologetic about her status as a "co-sovereign" with Emperor Jahangir, the brilliance of Nur-Jah...
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Worst experience ever!

Weak narrative. Do not like it.
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Simply awesome

very nice 🐼🐼🐼🐼
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Awesome

Nice book
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