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Emperors Of The Peacock Throne

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A stirring account of one of the world’s greatest empires

In December 1525, Zahir-ud-din Babur, descended from Chengiz Khan and Timur Lenk, crossed the Indus river into the Punjab with a modest army and some cannon. At Panipat, five months later, he fought the most important battle of his life and routed the mammoth army of Sultan Ibrahim Lodi, the Afghan ruler of Hindustan...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 555 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin Books India
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Samuel Rajkumar
A very well researched and written history of the Mughal Emperors from Babur to Aurangazeb, along with sketches of interesting personalities of importance, like Sher Shah and Shivaji. The book brings alive the rulers with a rich narrative and helps set in context most moments of the Mughal era.

On the plus side, the characters of the first six Mughal emperors are brought out very well, along with the court and harem intrigues and politics. However, this book is a only a story of the Mughal empero...more
Nikhil Gulati
This book is lucidly written and is an excellent account of the lives of the major Mughal emperors. The only problem I have with it is that it has no illustrations. There are no maps to make sense of the innumerable places, kingdoms, rivers etc the author speaks about. Moreover, when the author talks about Mughal art reaching its pinnacle during Jehangir's time it's sad to not be able to see some examples of it in the book itself. Would have definitely added to the book's charm.
Rajiv Chopra
Sep 28, 2014 Rajiv Chopra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Indian history and the Mughals
This is a marvellous book. I like the way in which he has written the book, as he brings the old, dead Emperors back to life. This was truly the last, in a sense, golden age of India.

What he does, is to present the emperors as people. People who lived, grew and developed in India. He does present a more nuanced few of Aurangzeb than is presented in school text books, and also analyses the demise of the Mughal Empire extremely well.

It is indeed a saga, where nothing could be taken for granted, a...more
A history book that reads like a novel, thanks to Eraly's skill as a writer.

It tells the story of the first six Mughal emperors of India: Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Shah Jahan (who built the Taj Mahal) and Aurangzeb. It also details the birth of the Marathas as a ruling force, as they gather confidence in fighting the Mughal empire.

Eraly's favourite characters are obvious, but he is consistent in portraying both the strengths and weaknesses of the six kings, as well as their wives, children and ad...more
This is not a book for the faint-hearted - 521 pages, not including the 20 odd pages of notes at end, make it quite a bit more than a mouthful. It is a slow but rewarding read nonetheless.

It is missing some key elements that are basic expectations when it comes to a work of history. There are no maps in the book, not one. Considering that a lot of the subject matter revolves around battles over territories and the expansion and collapse of the empire, these would have been invaluable and are sor...more

This proved to be an excellent book for me to get a refresher course in the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire. Its well researched and well narrated. In its coverage of the msot important events spanning 200 years, there could be areas lacking depth but then there is plenty of material available if someone wanted to go deeper in a particular event or life.
This is a book for nayone who would like to get a beginner's understanding of how the Mughals entered Hindustan and spread their wings all th...more
Abhishek Kumar
Very well researched book and very lucidly written. Mughals ruled India for almost three centuries and still we Indians know so little about them!( compared to our British rulers), probably because they are some time back in past. Mughals came from outside but they made India their home and had a profound effect on India's culture and psychy.
The book also describes the exploits of Shivaji in some detail which is a bonus.
Siddharth Jain
Very balanced and enlightening view of the era of the Great Mughals.
Our very own Game of Thrones.
a really good book since it provided so many unknown facts about the mughal emperors, in fact this book got me more interested in the mughals than the entire school curriculum regardijg the mughal empire.
Jay Nair
Very well written, the author is able to make the reader re-live the grandeur of the Mughals and their rein in India.

History buffs will surely appreciate the depth of work.
The only problem with this book is that it lacks maps, as though the author expects us to know the entire terrain from Kabul to the Deccan.
Surabhi Mahajan Mehra
A very well researched book which captivates you with it's details. It's definitely a must read and if you have the time, re-read.
I'm completely overwhelmed by his concepts of anarkali and salim and this book gave great insight about the mughal empire.
Abhishek Srivastava
Detailed, descriptive Study of life and times of six mughals, their friends and enemies Hats off to the writer
Adarsh Hatwar
Eminently readable!
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Abraham Eraly is an Indian writer. He has written many acclaimed books on Indian history.
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