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The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple
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The Last Mughal contains the historical events happened during the era of 1852-1862, specifically, focusing on the 1857-59 Indian Mutiny also known as Sepoy Mutiny.
William Dalrymple has done in-depth research and went through around 20,000 Urdu and Persian documents, known as the Mutiny Papers, to produce such a masterpiece. These documents relate to Delhi in 1857 and are present on the shelves of the National Archives of India. This detailed research allows, for the first time to see 1857 Delhi from an Indian perspective and not from British viewpoint as it is usually done.
The book title refers to King Bahadur Shah Zafar, who has not been recognized much by the West. He is just known as the Last Mughal Emperor of India and as a descendent of Genghis Khan and Timur (Tamerlane). Dalrymple has broken this tradition through his book and has written the Last King’s biography with focus on the old Mughal Capital, Delhi, the Indian Sepoy mutiny and his fall. The writer has provided the profile of all the notable characters including Mughals, British and Delhi Noblemen in the start of the book. This helps a lot for referencing and reminding the persona during the depth of the story. Furthermore, the narrative is so well planned and organized that a person can easily understand the map of Delhi just by reading the accounts and without even looking at the diagram....click here to read full review

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May 24, 2013 – Shelved
May 24, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
May 26, 2013 – Started Reading
June 16, 2013 – Finished Reading

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