woensdag 12 april 2017

Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North - Alex Rutherford

The first book in a series of 6, this series details the rise and height of the Moghul empire in medieval India.

Every book details with another generation, and in this first volume of historical based books we start with Babur.

Rising to the throne of Ferghana at age 12, he has his eyes set on nearby Samarkand.  After years he occupies his birthright throne, place of burial of his illustrious ancestor Timur.  But betrayal from within means he isn`t able to keep both his native Ferghana nor Samarkand, and while he reconquers it a few times, in the end he is forced out.

He moves his throne to Kabul as his uncle passes it down to him, and from there starts looking to Hindustan instead of to his native lands.  Mirroring Alexander the Great's tactics as well as those of Timur, and introducing cannons and rifles to the region, he conquers the lands and sets up an empire for his heirs...

A lovely book, in a period and region that is not often visited by writers of these sorts of books.  I`m going to look for the other volumes in the series over time for sure!

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