Empire of the Moghul

 The Empire of the Moghul novels span the epic rise and fall of one of the world’s most powerful, opulent and glamorous dynasties across two hundred turbulent years. It begins with Raiders from the North - the story of the nomadic warrior Babur, descendant of Genghis Khan and Tamburlaine. Daring and utterly confident of his destiny, in 1525 Babur sweeps down from the sandy plains of Central Asia into India to found an empire that at its peak will stretch from the saffron fields of Kashmir and mountain passes of Afghanistan to the blue Arabian ocean and the steamy jungles of Bengal.  

Babur founds a line of warrior emperors whose courage on the battlefield is matched by their love of luxury, passion for beauty, unbridled ambition and unfettered authority over one sixth of the world’s people. Even in faraway Europe the ‘Great Moghul’ becomes spoken of with wonder and awe, the very name conjuring power and wealth beyond imagining.  

The second in the series - A Kingdom Divided - charts the doomed life of Babur’s son Humayun, warrior, dreamer and star-gazer; the third, Ruler of the World tells of the charismatic and liberal Akbar, greatest of the ‘Great Moghuls’, who unites his disparate peoples but fails to win the love of those closest to him; in The Tainted Throne, the cycle of distrust and rivalry that will ultimately doom the Moghuls is in full motion with Akbar’s son Jahangir, weakened by opium and wine and facing treachery from unexpected quarters; The Serpent’s Tooth reveals the final flowering of the Moghul Empire under the jewel-loving warrior ruler Shah Jahan, devoted husband of Mumtaz Mahal and creator of the Taj Mahal, with whose passing the once fabulous empire first forged by Babur begins its decline.  

The Empire of the Moghul series brings readers into the heart of battles as vast armies lock in conflict, reveals princes and princesses scheming in palaces of milk white marble and rose pink sandstone and shares with them the Moghuls’ innermost feelings and desires. 

 Learn more at http://empireofthemoghul.com/ 

 

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The Serpent's Tooth
The Serpent's Tooth
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Empire of the Moghul (Volume 5)

Alex Rutherford

St. Martin's Press

Available 05/12/2015

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The Tainted Throne
The Tainted Throne
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India, 1606. Jahangir, 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; 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 the empire. And with Khurram and his half-brothers each still determined to be their father's heir, the savage battle for the Moghul throne will be more ferocious than even Timur could have imagined.

The Tainted Throne, the fourth installment in Alex Rutherford's internationally bestselling historical adventure series, is set in the Moghul Empire, featuring a culture reminiscent of the Dothraki in A Game of Thrones
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Empire of the Moghul (Volume 4)

Alex Rutherford

St. Martin's Press

India, 1606. Jahangir, 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....

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Ruler of the World
Ruler of the World
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Alex Rutherford’s internationally bestselling series continues with the story of the third great Moghul emperor, Akbar, leader of a triumphant dynasty that 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. And despite the unimaginable bloodshed that resulted from it, his rule was based on universal religious tolerance.

However, Akbar’s home life 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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Empire of the Moghul (Volume 3)

Alex Rutherford

St. Martin's Press

Alex Rutherford’s internationally bestselling series continues with the story of the third great Moghul emperor, Akbar, leader of a triumphant dynasty that contained the seeds...

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A Kingdom Divided
A Kingdom Divided
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Already an international bestseller, A Kingdom Divided continues the epic story of the Moghuls, one of the most magnificent and violent dynasties in world history.

India, 1530. Humayun, the newly crowned second Moghul emperor, is a fortunate man. His father, Babur, has left him wealth, glory, and an empire that stretches a thousand miles south of the Khyber Pass; he must now build on his legacy, and make the Moghuls worthy of their legendary forebear, Tamburlaine.

But, unbeknownst to him, Humayun is already in grave danger. His half brothers are plotting against him; they doubt that he has the strength, the will, the brutality needed to command the Moghul armies and lead them to still-greater glories. Soon Humayun will be locked in a terrible battle: not only for his crown, not only for his life, but for the existence of the very empire itself.


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Empire of the Moghul (Volume 2)

Alex Rutherford

St. Martin's Press

Already an international bestseller, A Kingdom Divided continues the epic story of the Moghuls, one of the most magnificent and violent dynasties in world history.India,...

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Raiders from the North
Raiders from the North
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THE EPIC STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EMPIRES IN HISTORY

The mighty Empire of the Moghuls burst out of Central Asia into India in the sixteenth century. The first in a compelling new series of novels, Raiders from the North tells the largely unknown story of the rise and fall of the Mogul dynasties.

It is 1494 when the ruler of Ferghana dies in an extraordinary accident. His only son, Babur, faces a seemingly impossible challenge. Babur is determined to live up to the example of his legendary ancestor, Tamburlaine, whose conquests transformed the face of the earth from Delhi to the Mediterranean, from wealthy Persia to the wildernesses along the Volga. But Babur is dangerously young to inherit a kingdom.

Before Babur can summon enough warlords to declare him the rightful king, plots against his crown, even his life, are hatching. And soon, he will discover that even the bravest and most fearless leader can be betrayed. With the wisest of advisers and most courageous of warriors by his side, Babur can achieve a great destiny and found an empire in India, but every step of his journey will be fraught with danger.

Set in a world of tribal rivalries, rampaging armies, and ruthlessly ambitious enemies, Raiders from the North is historical adventure at its very best.


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Empire of the Moghul (Volume 1)

Alex Rutherford

St. Martin's Press

THE EPIC STORY OF ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EMPIRES IN HISTORYThe mighty Empire of the Moghuls burst out of Central Asia into India in the sixteenth century. The first in a compelling...

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