Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

Diana and Michael Preston, "Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire"
Blackstone Audio Inc. | 2007 | ISBN: 078616901X | Audio CD | mp3 | 103 MB

While Galileo was suffering under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the Thirty 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.



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