Empress: The Astonishing Reign Of Nur Jahan


by Lal, Ruby

Empress: The Astonishing Reign Of Nur Jahan

Price:  US$31.59   (SGD43.88*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 308 pages
Published:  2018, USA, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780393239348
SB#:  061596 (101)

About This Book

Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost-until now. In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and favourite wife of the Emperor Jahangir who ruled the Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a devoted partner, she issued imperial orders; coins of the realm bore her name. When Jahangir was imprisoned by a rebellious nobleman, the Empress led troops into battle and rescued him. The only woman to acquire the stature of empress in her male-dominated world, Nur was also a talented dress designer and innovative architect whose work inspired her stepson's Taj Mahal. Nur's confident assertion of talent and power is revelatory; it far exceeded the authority of her female contemporaries, including Elizabeth I. Here, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography.


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