Ruler of the World (Book Acquired, 5.06.2013)

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Ruler of the World by Alex Rutherford. Pub’s copy:

Alex Rutherford’s internationally bestselling series continues with Ruler of the World, the story of the third great Moghul Emperor, Akbar, leader of a triumphant dynasty which contained the seeds of its own destruction.

Akbar, ruler of a sixth of the world’s people, colossally rich and utterly ruthless, was a contemporary of Elizabeth I, but infinitely more powerful. He extended his empire over much of Asia, skillfully commanding tens of thousands of men, elephants and innovative technology, yet despite the unimaginable bloodshed which resulted his rule was based on universal religious tolerance.

However, Akbar’s homelife was more complicated. He defied family, nobles and mullahs to marry a beautiful Rajput princess, whose people he had conquered; but she hated Akbar and turned Salim, his eldest son, against him. What’s more, as any Moghul prince could inherit his father’s crown and become Emperor, his sons were brought up to be intensely competitive and suspicious of each other: to see each other as rivals for the greatest prize of all. And, as Salim grew to manhood, the relationship between father and son became tainted by rebellion and competition to be the greatest Moghul of them all.

 

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One thought on “Ruler of the World (Book Acquired, 5.06.2013)

  1. Sounds like a great book … in a similar vein, I must recommend to you Babur’s Memoirs (the grandfather of Akbar). There’s a Modern Library translation available. I guarantee that you will not be able to put it down. Babur was an astoundingly honest man about his many imperfections and grotesque character flaws. It’s a how-to manual for every Central Asian warlord with a penchant for drugs, bisexuality, booze, poetry and mass-murder. One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read, that and Delacroix’s Journals.

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