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By Michael Preston Diana Preston
In 1631, the heartbroken Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan, ordered the development of a monument of unsurpassed splendour and majesty in reminiscence of his cherished spouse. Theirs used to be a rare tale of passionate love: even supposing nearly regularly pregnant - she bore him fourteen kids - Mumtaz Mahal her husband on each army crusade. yet then Mumtaz died in childbirth. Blinded through grief, Shah Jahan created a stupendous and lavish memorial for her at the banks of the river Jumna. The Taj Mahal took two decades to construct and depleted the Moghul treasuries. yet Shah Jahan was once to pay a better rate for his obsession. He ended his days imprisoned via his personal son in Agra fortress, observing around the river on the monument to his love. The construction of the Taj Mahal had set brother opposed to brother and son opposed to father in a savage clash that driven the 17th century's strongest empire into irreversible decline.
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One of the two women I had thrown under the elephant’s feet and the other shot. ’ To cure himself Babur drank some opium mixed in milk. ‘On the first day of this medicine I excreted some pitch black things like burnt bile. Thank goodness now everything is alright. ’ Although Babur cheated death on that occasion, he had less than four years to live. Part he spent in quelling uprisings against Moghul rule and repelling incursions by neighbouring princes, part in composing poetry and in compiling his honest and intimate memoir, the Baburnama, the first autobiography in Islamic literature.
When I got there I vomited much. I never vomited after meals, not even when drinking. I ordered the vomit given to a dog. [The dog] became pretty listless. ’ Babur had the cook arrested. After he confessed under torture, two old women who had acted as messengers and Babur’s taster were in turn arrested. ‘They also confessed … I ordered the taster to be hacked to pieces and the cook skinned alive. One of the two women I had thrown under the elephant’s feet and the other shot. ’ To cure himself Babur drank some opium mixed in milk.
He drew his 700 wagons, joined together by their leather harnesses, into a defensive perimeter – a bit like the encircled covered wagons of the American West – behind which he placed his cannons and matchlock men. When, just after dawn on 20 April, the sultan’s forces attacked with almost a thousand war elephants in the van, fire from Babur’s muskets and bronze cannon halted their advance and threw their ranks into panic and confusion. Next Babur’s mounted archers attacked the disordered mass of trumpeting elephants and yelling, bewildered and frightened men from the side and rear.
A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time: The Story of the Taj Mahal by Michael Preston Diana Preston