I constructed a family tree for the Mughal kings of India (dynasty ruled 1526-1858) and the Persian immigrant family of Ghias Beg who fled his homeland in 1577.
Ghias's daughter, Mehrunnisa became the most powerful woman of the Mughal dynasty (The Twentieth Wife; The Feast of Roses). His granddaughter, Empress Mumtaz Mahal had the Taj Mahal built for her. His great-granddaughter, Princess Jahanara, is the main protagonist of Shadow Princess. (Not bad, eh, for a man who fled his homeland in 1577, penniless, destitute, dogged by debt.)
Here's a link to the Main Players in the Taj Trilogy--it will show you where the books are in the timeline and the two most important (and lasting) monuments to come out of this time period. (Click on map/family tree to expand.)