The Last Mughal

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The Last Mughal
The Last Mughal, The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857.jpg
Author William Dalrymple
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Narrative history
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
2006
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback)
Pages 575 pp.
ISBN 978-0670999255
OCLC 70402016
Preceded by Begums Thugs and White Mughals
Followed by Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 is a 2006 historical book by William Dalrymple.[1]

Summary[edit]

The book, Dalrymple's sixth, and his second to reflect his long love affair with the city of Delhi, won praise for its use of "The Mutiny Papers", which included previously ignored Indian accounts of the events of 1857. He worked on these documents in association with the Urdu scholar Mahmood Farooqui.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Geoffrey Moorhouse of The Guardian wrote "Dalrymple has here written an account of the Indian mutiny such as we have never had before, of the events leading up to it and of its aftermath, seen through the prism of the last emperor's life. He has vividly described the street life of the Mughal capital in the days before the catastrophe happened, he has put his finger deftly on every crucial point in the story, which earlier historians have sometimes missed, and he has supplied some of the most informative footnotes I have ever read. On top of that, he has splendidly conveyed the sheer joy of researching a piece of history, something every true historian knows, telling of his elation at discovering in Burma's national archives all Zafar's prison records, stored in Acrobat PDF files - "something the British Library has so far failed to achieve"."[3]

Aamer Hussein of The Independent noted "Dalrymple's recreation of the city of Delhi under siege forms the monumental backdrop to the tragic figure of the eponymous monarch, the "last Mughal". Aged 82 and abidingly fond of the arts of peace, Bahadur Shah Zafar was chosen as a mascot by an army seen as rebels and mutineers by the British, and as freedom fighters by some nationalist historians."[4]

Awards[edit]

The book won the 2006 Duff Cooper Memorial Prize for History and Biography, and the 2007 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.

References[edit]

  1. ^ HARSHAW, TOBIN (April 22, 2007). "King of Delhi". The New York Times. nytimes.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Last Mughal, xxv; TLS, 24 Nov 2005; The Guardian, 11 Nov 2006; Hindustan Times, 5 Nov 2006.
  3. ^ Moorhouse, Geoffrey (11 November 2006). "Zafar the ditherer". The Guardian. theguardian.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Hussein, Aamer (5 October 2006). "The Last Mughal, by William Dalrymple Fall of a chessboard king". The Independent. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 

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