Taj Mahal: A Love Affair at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

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9780786149193: Taj Mahal: A Love Affair at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

While Galileo suffered under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the Thirty Years War ruined Europe, and the Pilgrims struggled to survive in the New World, work began on what would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, its flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have for 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 beginning with legendary warriors Genghis Khan and Tamburlaine. At its height the Empire contained 100 million people, from Afghanistan in the north and present-day Pakistan in the west, to Bengal in the east and southward deep into central India. With the storytelling skills that characterize their previous books, Diana and Michael Preston bring alive both the grand sweep of Moghul history and the details that make it memorable: the battles and dynastic rivalries that forged the empire alongside an intimate chronicle of daily life within the imperial palace.

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DIANA AND MICHAEL PRESTON are Oxford-trained historians who live in London. Diana is the author of Before the Fallout, which won the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Award for science and technology. She and Michael co-authored A Pirate of Exquisite Mind.

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James Adamss clear, straightforward narration is perfectly suited to this history of one of the worlds most beloved architectural landmarks. The story begins with the saga of the Moghul Empire and the legendary warrior Genghis Khan. In a light British accent, Adams expresses Shah Jahans struggles to immortalize his wife and their love for each other with this memorial--known for its flawless symmetry. Adams also captures the emotions and wonder of those dazzled by a visit. Adamss reading is smooth and inspiring, especially as he delivers quotes and anecdotes. Listeners will appreciate the history surrounding this highlight of Moghul art and architecture. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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