While Galileo was suffering under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the 30 Years War was ruining Europe, and the Pilgrims were struggling to survive in the New World, work began on what would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, its flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have for centuries dazzled all who have seen it.The story of its creation is a fascinating blend of cultural and architectural heritage. Yet, as Diana and Michael Preston vividly convey in the first narrative history of the Taj Mahal, it also reflects the magnificent history of the Moghul Empire, beginning with legendary warriors Genghis Khan and Tamburlaine.
"Enriching in its historical sweep and context." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Though many questions about the Taj remain unanswered, this small history breaks through the legendary façade to reveal a powerful backstory." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, has been beautifully exalted in the hands of the Prestons....They skillfully unveil the history of the 16th-19th-century Moghul Empire, especially its architecture, campaigns, and court life....a reliable source for readers wanting to understand the splendor of the Taj Mahal in historical context." (Library Journal)
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