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.)


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Lashya Wilson Cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had already read a book called Jahanara Princess of Princesses, India, 1627 by Kathryn Lasky, by Kathryn Lasky Kathryn Lasky.

So, I CAN"T WAIT To read this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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