A stunning and bloody history of nineteenth-century India and the reign of the Last Mughal by the bestselling author of White Mughals.
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.
About the Author
William Dalrymple was born in Scotland. He wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller In Xanadu when he was twenty two. His last book, White Mughals, won the Wolfson Prize for History in 2003, and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society. He and his family divide their time between London and Delhi.
"A compulsively readable masterpiece. . . . Every chapter of The Last Mughal has historical echoes that are still desperately relevant today." --The New York Review of Books "Deeply researched and beautifully written. . . . A poignant account of the events of 1857 in Delhi." --The Nation"There is so much to admire in this book - the depth of historical research, the finely evocative writing, the extraordinary rapport with the cultural world of late Mughal India. It is also in many ways a remarkably humane and egalitarian history . . . This is a splendid work of empathetic scholarship." --David Arnold, Times Literary Supplement