Empire of the Moghul: The Tainted Throne emperor Akbar, and his son Jahangir is crowned as ruler of the empire. This is the fourth in the Moghul quintet. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. This is the fourth entry in the Empire of the Moghul historical-adventure series set during the sixteenth and seventeenth. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. This is the fourth entry in the Empire of the Moghul The Tainted Throne: Empires of the Moghul: Book IV (Empire of the Moghul 4) – Kindle edition by Alex Rutherford. Download it once and read it on your.
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Return to Book Page. Taiinted, the triumphant Moghul Emperor and ruler of most of the Indian subcontinent, is doomed. No amount of wealth and ruthlessness can protect him from his sons’ desire for power.
The glorious Moghul throne is worth any amount of bloodshed and betrayal. Hardcoverpages.
Book review: ‘Empire of The Moghul: The Tainted Throne’
Published May 10th by Headline Review first published May 1st Empire of the Moghul 4. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Tainted Throneplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 23, Shrikanth Venne rated it liked it. Book 4 of moghuls is about mainly 4 characters.
Mehrunisa – 4th book mostly revolves around her, who is ambitious, manipulative, cunning and a great presence of mind. She is the main character in this book.
Being an empress she has done an excellent job of emire the empire on behalf of Jahangir Salim. Mehrunisa is example of a women who is ambitious in those days when women were considered backward.
She is the best example for today’s women for getting ambitious and presence of mind but n Book 4 of moghuls is about mainly 4 characters.
She is the best example for today’s tainte for getting ambitious and presence of mind but not other moghuk. Jahangir- whole reading the 3rd book I got to know Salim himself is Jahangir which I was unaware about. In this book he has a character who only and only trusts her wife mehrunisa.
Trusting her too much cost his estranged relation with his favorite and rightful heir of moghul Empire and his life by driving himself into wine and opium world that too provided by her own wife. He is named Shah jaahan yes the same person who built Taj Mahal. One of the wonder of world today. Jul 29, Arun Divakar rated it liked it. The Mughals in their heyday were rulers to look up to in terms of their accomplishments and skills at administration.
While Teh was focused on gaining a foothold in India and Humayun was engaged in clinging on to it, the empire effectively shifted gears into efficient administration by the time of Akbar.
It was such a well-oiled administrative machine that The Mughals in their heyday were rulers to look up to in terms of their accomplishments and skills at administration. It was such a well-oiled administrative machine that Jahangir inherited and set to work on. He contributed immensely to the growth and further strengthening of the empire and probably for the first time, the Mughals had a comparatively stable political tenure.
The juicier part is also that all the elements at play during this period resembled a Shakespearean drama: Until the time of Jahangir, women were hazy figures forever committed to the background never to be heard of much at the Mughal court. This changed twice during the life of the emperor. The first was when he fell in love with Anarkali who was a concubine of his father then emperor Akbar and as a punishment for this travesty, Jahangir then known as Salim was banished to the hinterlands of the empire and Anarkali was bricked up alive.
While being heralded as one of the greatest love stories, it goes without taimted that the incident might have been pretty embarrassing for both father and son. Never before had the reins of the empire passed on to a woman and Nur Jahan proved an equal to Jahangir in administrative capabilities while being hidden behind the veils of the court.
There was also a trend that Jahangir started in his youth that came to haunt every other Mughal ruler for two generations down the line — rebellion against the emperor who incidentally was his father.
This was continued by his son Shah Jahan and then by his grandson Aurangzeb. Rutherford continues his streak at writing highly readable historic fiction and since the material is the stuff of soap operas, he relishes the subject. Another trend that I am seeing for the past two books is that the books are now divided between the current ruler and the heir. Which means that book 3 was half about Akbar and the half about Jahangir and here book 4 is divided between Jahangir and his son Khurram later Shah Jahan.
While there was a lot of focus on Khurram, I found that the latter part of the book did not focus much on the emperor. A relatively well written book on the Mughals and one of their most dramatic timelines.
Book Four in the Empire of the Moghul series, I found the tale following Jahangir’s ascend to the throne the most fmpire story of all. Jahangir married Mehrunissa, who was like a soul-mate to him and he loved her with all his heart. And yet, Mehrunissa harbored many ambitions within her. She wanted more and more power and she was ready to stop at nothing. She got Jahangir addicted to opium and wine. She took away the reins of the kingdom from him.
Under the name of Nur Jahan, she was the one Book Four in the Empire of the Moghul series, I found the tale following Jahangir’s ascend to the throne the most interesting story of all. Under the name of Nur Jahan, she was the one who took all the decision, sealed all official letters. And to continue feeding her lust for power, she stood like a wall between Jahangir and his ablest son Khurram Shah Jahan.
She does not even care for her own family; since Khurram’s beloved mmoghul is her niece. Plotting and manipulating at taunted best, this book also takes you deep within the haram of the Moghul emperor and the life of women within od.
It delves deeply into the characters of the shrewd Nur Jahan, the naive Jahangir and the loyal, able but ambitious Khurram. Oct 10, Harshad Sharma rated it it was amazing.
Clearly the best one of the lot so far, the story of Khurram aka “Shah Jahan” is far better than his ancestors. Thoroughly enjoyable and projecting a clear protagonist unlike the previous ones where the Moghuls are kind of anti-hero, if any of the Moghuls worthy enough to rule quarter of the world population and the richest of the empires in this historical fictional world is the aptly named Ruler of the World Shah jahan.
Aug 19, VaultOfBooks rated it it was amazing. And, to be very frank, the sight of this extraordinarily thrkne book was enough to put me off. But then I had two month long vacations, and I ran out of books to read. So I started reading it. And, boy, am I glad I did. The brutal battle for power continues in the fourth book in the epic Empire of the Moghul series. The glorious Moghul mofhul is worth any amount of bloodshed and betrayal; once Jahangir raised troops against his own father; now he faces a bloody battle with Khurram, the ablest of his warring sons.
Worse is to come. Just as the heirs of Timur the Great share intelligence, physical strength and utter ruthlessness, they also have a great weakness for wine and opium. Once Jahangir is tempted, his talented wife, Mehrunissa, is only too willing to take up the reins of empire. And in the absence of dialogues and details, the whole thing becomes drab and uninteresting.
So upon opening this book, I had expected the same thing. However, once I was through a few pages, I was totally stumped. The book was nothing like I had imagined! Surprisingly, I liked it. It interests me when my father makes ghe story out of history [He loves history and has a razor sharp memory, which often leads to stories when we run out of things to talk of], but I had expected this book to be boring and of textbook quality.
The minute details, which, obviously, had to be made up, were awesome. They contributed to my imagination, turone at the same time, made the story way more intriguing. Also, despite knowing the basic details, I found myself anticipating what would happen next.
He made the characters come alive. For example, all of us know all Indians, at least. The author had no way of knowing the exact incidents.
Book review: ‘Empire of The Moghul: The Tainted Throne’
Though there were paragraphs that I skipped, often the over detailed wars because I was bored after a point, even they might interest someone. The writer has to have something if he can make me read history. I have to say; never did I feel that two different people were writing the book.
The writing style was consistent throughout. This is one book I would definitely recommend. Originally reviewed at http: Mehrunissa seems destined to spend her life in a loveless and violent marriage, stuck in the backwaters of the city of Gaur far from the splendors of the Moghul court. When her husband is brutally assassinated her life is changed forever and she is summoned to the harem of the Jahangir, the new crowned Moghul emperor. Jahangir, is now ruler over most of the Indian subcontinent.
With wealth beyond the dreams of most men, he must be utterly ruthless if he wants to hold on to that power. As love blo Mehrunissa seems destined to spend her life in a loveless and violent marriage, stuck in the backwaters of the city of Gaur far from the splendors of the Moghul court. As love blossoms between Mehrunissa and Jahangir she finds the power of the Moghul throne intoxicating and with Jahangir enjoying the pleasures of wine and opium she finds herself as de facto ruler of the Moghul empire.
As her influence grows she must careful manage the relationships between Jahangir and his ambitious sons but as Mehrunissa plots and schemes to maintain and increase her power she drives a wedge between Jahangir and his eldest son Khurram and the Moghul empire explodes into rebellion and war.
With Khurram growing in strength and rebellious nobles resentful of her influence seeking her downfall, Mehrunissa must use all of her guile and power if her and Jahangir are to maintain their grip on the Tainted Throne.