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Ruby Lal is an acclaimed historian of Mughal India. Her previous books are Domesticity and Power ... Read More

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Ruby Lal is an acclaimed historian of Mughal India. Her previous books are Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World and Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness. She teaches at Emory University and divides her time between Atlanta and Delhi.

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 imprisioned 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.

With stern adoration and a steady hand, Ruby Lal has boldly recut the crown jewel that was Nur JahanAn outstanding book, not only incredibly important but also a fabulous piece of writingWhat an extraordinary and detailed account of a remarkable woman-amazing!The panoramic sweep of this extraordinary feminist history is matched by the exquisite storytellingIn filling in the details of Nur Jahan's life, Ruby Lal has not only written a revisionist feminist biography, but she has also provided a vivid picture of the Mughal court, with its luxuries, beauties, intrigues and horrorsLal's intriguing biography, with its chronology of her relatively swift rise to power and even swifter descent, restores Nur Jahan to her full splendourA page-turning, eye-opening biography that shatters our impressions of India as established by the British RajRuby Lal's marvelous account of Empress Nur Jahan's life is as intriguing, inspiring, and relevant to us today in 21st century America, as it was to her times in 17th century IndiaA new light on a neglected ruler: On Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur JahanThe rise and reign of a self-made Mughal queenReaders who are interested in the Mughal Empire or powerful women in history won't be able to put this downLal's book captures that brief, incredible moment in history when the widowed daughter of a Persian noble boldly redefined the role of the royal wifeRuby Lal has created a remarkable portrait of an empress by locating her in the historical situation in which she found herself

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Title: Empress
Author: Ruby Lal
SKU: BK0419091
EAN: 9780670090624

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