Marco Moneta holds a PhD in philosophy from Florence University. Before devoting himself to academic teaching and historical research, he worked in the field of industry and business consultancy. In 2006, he authored a volume on the great Italian poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi. From early 2000, he has been travelling in the subcontinent for both research and pleasure. In the last decade, his interests and research have been aimed at the interactions between Europeans and Indians in the early modern age. A Venetian at the Mughal Court is the first result of a work in progress on European travellers to Southeast Asia in the seventeenth century.
Elisabetta Gnecchi Ruscone (Translator)
Elisabetta Gnecchi Ruscone is a social anthropologist. She holds a PhD from Australian National University. Since returning to live in Milano, she has been a lecturer in anthropology, has collaborated in curating ethnographic exhibitions, and has several publications in English and Italian on her research in the cultures of Oceania. She also has many years of experience in Italian-English translations, especially in the fields of arts and social sciences.
'An absorbing account of an almost unbelievably colourful life . . .' AMITAV GHOSH, AUTHOR
'An extraordinary character leaps off the pages of Marco Moneta's book . . . ' MARIKA SARDAR, CURATOR, AGA KHAN MUSEUM, TORONTO
'. . . irresistible . . . ' GIORGIO RIELLO, HISTORIAN
'. . . rich and accessible . . .' AMIN JAFFER, CURATOR AND AUTHOR
The man who witnessed India's history in the making
Venetian Nicolò Manucci's story is distinct from those of other European travellers and adventurers who documented their stay in India. The young teenager, who arrived on Indian shores with little education and few connections, lived here till his death at the age of eighty-two. He was witness to some of the most dramatic events in the subcontinent's history.
Living by his wits, he started his career as chief artilleryman in Dara Shukoh's fratricidal battle against Aurangzeb for the Mughal throne. Thereafter, Manucci joined Rajput general Jai Singh in his campaign to subdue the Maratha leader Shivaji.
However, Manucci had no stomach for a prolonged military career. With a great capacity for learning and immense good fortune, he made his way into the Mughal court, incredibly, as a court physician to Aurangzeb's son Shah Alam. In service of the future Mughal emperor, Manucci was to head back to the Deccan once again to meet the challenge posed by Shivaji's son Sambhaji. Manucci would spend the rest of his life within European settlements in Madras and Pondicherry. And his in-depth knowledge of the Mughal court would prove useful in negotiations between the Europeans and the Mughal authorities.
Marco Moneta tells the gripping story of a man who was witness to the intrigues and rivalries in Mughal and European territories, and who not just survived but rose to a position of influence and respect in a hostile and alien world.
|Title:||AVenetian at the Mughal Court|
|Author:||Marco MonetaElisabetta Gnecchi Ruscone|
Elisabetta Gnecchi Ruscone is a social anthropologist. She holds a PhD from Australian National University. Since returning to live in Milan, she has been a lecturer in anthropology and has collaborated in curating ethnographic exhibitions. She
has also published several works in English and Italian on her research into the cultures of Oceania. She has many years of experience in Italian-English translations, especially in the fields of arts and social sciences.