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The Last Mughalhighlights Dalrymples longstanding fascination with the Indian city of Delhi. It presents the Delhi that formed the seat of the Mughal empire in India - a city as brilliant as the monarch who reigned over it. Indeed Bahadur Shah Zafar II embodied the very essence of Delhi city. He was a talented and versatile individual, well-versed in poetry, calligraphy, and mysticism. Despite being under the control of the East India Company to quite an extent, he nevertheless managed to form a dazzling court, setting the stage for one of Indias most culturally rich phases.
In 1857, the Sepoy Mutiny that shook the vast British empire had its roots in the small rebellion staged by Indian troops in the East India company - a rebellion that had Zafars approval. The final uprising had far-reaching consequences for the Indians as well as the British. In the aftermath of the uprising, the Mughal empire lay in complete shambles amidst heartbreaking blood and gore. The peaceful, once powerful emperor could only watch in helplessness and grief as his beloved empire was irrevocably lost.
Dalrymple has crafted the book with great care, by conducting in-depth research and paying attention to local sensibilities. He has even succeeded in capturing the prosperous, poetic vibe of the Mughal empire. Above all, his presentation of a beautiful, vibrant, and multi-ethnic city like Delhi has the potential to keep readers fascinated.
The Last Mughal was first published in 2006. It went on to win the Vodafone Crossword Book Award, and the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize For History and Biography. This particular edition is a 2007 reprint.
About William Dalrymple
William Dalrymple is a Scottish historian and writer.
His works include White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India, The Age Of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters, In Xanadu: A Quest, Nine Lives: In Search Of The Sacred In Modern India, and City Of Djinns: A Year in Delhi.
His writing focuses on various aspects of the Eastern world, including religion, culture, and tradition. India is a recurring theme in many of his books. His work has been translated into over 40 languages. Dalrymple was born on March 20, 1965, in Scotland. He attended the Ampleforth College, and later Trinity College, Cambridge. He has contributed to history and literature in a variety of ways, and is one of the co-founders of the Jaipur Literary Festival. He has won several honors and awards, including the Sykes Medal from The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, the Mungo Park Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and the Media Citizen Puraskar from the Indian Confederation of NGOs. Dalrymple is married to Olivia, an artist. The couple has three children - Adam, Sam, and Ibby. Dalrymple divides his time between his farmhouse at Mehrauli near Delhi, and his UK residences in Edinburgh and London.
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