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Empire of the Moghul: Brothers At War

By Alex Rutherford

Published Jan 2010

‘Perhaps the shooting star was an omen’ said Humayun. ‘Perhaps it means my reign will fizzle out ingloriously’. ‘Such words of self-doubt would anger your father if he were here now,’ Khanzada said. ‘He could have chosen one of your three half-others as his heir but he selected you, because he thought you were the most worthy. Our hold on Hindustan is precarious – dangers press in on us from every side. Grasp with both hands what fate – and your father – have bequeathed you.’ 1530, Agra, Northern India. Humayun, the newly crowned second Moghul Emperor, is a fortunate man. His father, Babur, has left him wealth, glory and an empire which stretches a thousand miles south of the Khyber pass; he must now build on his legacy, and make the Moghuls worthy of their forebear, Tamburlaine. But, unbeknown 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. Perhaps they are right. Soon Humayun will be locked in a terrible battle: not only for his crown, not only for his life, but the existence of the very empire itself.

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