Taj Mahal Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

ISBN-10: 0802716733
ISBN-13: 9780802716736
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Description: The dazzling story of the Taj Mahal and the empire whose spirit it epitomizes. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal’s flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have or centuries  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 2/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

The dazzling story of the Taj Mahal and the empire whose spirit it epitomizes. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal’s flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have or centuries dazzled everyone who has seen it, and the story of its creation is a fascinating blend of cultural and architectural heritage. Yet, as Diana and Michael Preston vividly convey in the first narrative history of the Taj, it also reflects the magnificent history of the Moghul Empire itself, for it turned out to mark the high point of the empire’s glory at the same time as it became a tipping point in Moghul fortunes. With the storytelling skills that characterize their previous books, the Prestons bring alive both the grand sweep of Moghul history and the details that make it memorable. A tale of overwhelming passion, the story of the Taj has the cadences of Greek tragedy and the ripe emotion of grand opera, and puts a memorable human face on the marble masterpiece.

Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer and broadcaster. She is the author of THE ROAD TO CULLODEN MOOR; A FIRST RATE TRAGEDY: ROBERT FALCON SCOTT AND THE RACE TO THE SOUTH POLE; THE BOXER REBELLION and WILFUL MURDER: THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA. She lives in West London.

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