Gulbadan: Portrait of a Rose Princess at the Mughal Court

Rumer Godden Helen Topsfield

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Gulbadan: Portrait of a Rose Princess at the Mughal Court

Gulbadan Portrait of a Rose Princess at the Mughal Court Beautifully illustrated with miniature Indian and Persian paintings this is the vivid life story of Gulbadan Degam or Princess Rosebody and her life in the th century Mughal royal family in India

  • Title: Gulbadan: Portrait of a Rose Princess at the Mughal Court
  • Author: Rumer Godden Helen Topsfield
  • ISBN: 9788183860413
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beautifully illustrated with miniature Indian and Persian paintings, this is the vivid life story of Gulbadan Degam, or Princess Rosebody, and her life in the 16th century Mughal royal family in India Drawn from her own memoirs and two other chronicles from the time, her keen observations begin as a young girl watching her father ride off with his army to conquer HindustaBeautifully illustrated with miniature Indian and Persian paintings, this is the vivid life story of Gulbadan Degam, or Princess Rosebody, and her life in the 16th century Mughal royal family in India Drawn from her own memoirs and two other chronicles from the time, her keen observations begin as a young girl watching her father ride off with his army to conquer Hindustan and ends with her death at age 80 In between, she describes life in the harem, her pilgrimage to Mecca, and the many battles and close escapes that occured under the reign of three emperors across her remarkable life.

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    1. Vikram Goyal on said:

      At one level, history is about empires,wars and conquests. At another, its about how the rulers of the day ruled, the personal nature of those rulers and the culture/customs of the times.Through Gulbadan, Rummer Goden focusses on history of the second kind. She paints an engaging portrait of the three Mughal Emperors - Babur, Humayun and Akbar. Babur's indomitable courage,his ability to inspire his soldiers, his deeply religious nature are brought out through fine examples. Similarly, Humayun's [...]

    2. Christiane on said:

      This book is based on the memories of Gulbadan Begam (and other contemporary accounts) of the lives and times of the first three Moghul emperors.Babur’s youngest daughter, Humayun’s half-sister and Akbar’s aunt, “Princess Rosebody” was supremely qualified to fulfil Akbar’s order to write down what she remembered to help with his own biography.In straightforward, simple language Rumer Godden fleshes out the accounts and paints a fascinating picture of the Moghul court, the vast riches [...]

    3. Madhulika Liddle on said:

      In about 1587 CE, the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar, commissioned his courtier, Abul Fazl, to write a chronicle of the reign of Akbar. At the same time, he asked another person—one not quite so familiar a name as Abul Fazl—to write a history, too. Gulbadan Begum, daughter of Babar, sister to Humayun and aunt to Akbar, was by then over sixty years old. She had, as an infant, come to Hindustan as part of her conquering father’s entourage. She had lived in this land; she had seen the Mughal dyn [...]

    4. Allison on said:

      A quick read, and unlike the other Rumer Godden books I've read; this one is non-fiction. Tells the story of Gulbadan Begum ("Rosebody Princess"), the daughter of Babur (the first Moghul emperor) who watched the empire evolve over three generations from a front row seat in the Mogul court harem. She lived to be 80, and recorded history for the Akbar-nama (emperor Akbar's biography). Rumer Godden tells the story of the then-little-known princess in a plain, linear manner, punctuated by relevant f [...]

    5. Anand Ganapathy on said:

      Rumer Godden is a good writer and not many are aware of her books ( many set in India where she spent her childhood ). This book based on Gulbadan Begum's account of the Mughal empire in the 16th century. Gulbadan Begum was the last daughter of Babur and in her lifetime witnessed the rules of her father Babur, brother Humayun and nephew Akbar. Rumer Godden's book is based on the life of this Mughal princess ( who wrote the Humayun Nama ). Beautiful Indian and Persian miniature paintings are an a [...]

    6. Andi on said:

      Agh. This is a lightly-fictionalized biography of Gulbadan, author of the Humayun-nama. Unfortunately, it's too fictionalized for use in any serious research. However, the bibliography is worth the price of the book!

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