The Last Mughal : The Fall of Delhi, 1857 Paperback
On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence.
There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, 'No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Mughals rests.' This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising.
The Siege of Delhi was the Raj's Stalingrad, the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages, Colour Inserts
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/09/2009
- Category: Asian history
- ISBN: 9781408800928
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Review by WaxPoetic
Mutiny, bloodshed and revolution have always held a place of disturbing awe in my heart. From the pages of books and the safe distance of history, of course. This telling of the story of the Mutiny of 1857 from the perspective of Delhi and the court of the last Mughal emperor is the story of a city in chaos and suffering. The portrait of a revolt and its counter-revolt shows how easy it is to be swept up in fanaticism and frenzy with no concern for the human cost of the action. It is a well told story that uses much previously un-cited source material to give a much broader view of what happens when ideologies clash.