Humayun is a well-meaning but dissolute ruler, prone to rash judgement and easily manipulated. A combination of battlefield defeats from Bengali ruler Sher Shah and treachery from his half-brothers Kamran and Askari leave Humayun with only the Afghan portions of the empire. Humayun spends the next fifteen years rebuilding his strength, partly with Persian aid. Barely six months after rebuilding the Mughul Empire, Humayun breaks his neck when he tumbled down a flight of stairs.
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In order to share some more information and facts about the same, here I am trying to present a book review for Raiders from the North. This book attempts to peek into the life of Babur, the founder of Mughal Empire in India. Babur is then only 12 years old. We find Babur at such a young age thrown in quest for throne, a quest coveted by many. Babur often finds himself desiring to build an empire like Genghis Khan and Tamburlaine, his ancestors. This journey, that takes Babur from Ferghana to Samarkand is not a peaceful one, it is filled with battles galore.
There are heroes on both sides. Babur and his troops often face defeat and often, they would emerge as winners. Finally we find Babur turn his attention towards India. In India, soon after the first battle of Panipat, Babur secures his throne in Agra, laying down the foundation of Mughal Empire in India. Though destiny has other plans, Babur would never live long to taste the fruits of the trees he planted. The best hakims in the court are not able to find whats wrong with the young prince.
We find Babur turn towards the astrologers of his court. Whose advice to him, is to surrender to Allah GOD what is most precious to him, Babur then starts praying to Allah to take his life and spare the life of his son, the young prince Humayun. Soon after Babur falls seriously ill, and Humayun starts getting better. The book then shows us the vulnerability of the new emperor of Hindustan.
He talks to Humayun about the importance of keeping the family together asking him to forgive his brothers of any wrong they might do. This would later mold the personality of Humayun. Dying at a young age of only 47 years. Babur leaves his son Humayun as a successor to the throne. The battle scenes have been described really well. Well, by posting this book review, I hope I have been able to share my point of view about this book without giving away too much of details.
Brothers At War
Apr 27, Arun Divakar rated it liked it The first tentative grapple hooks of the Mughal empire placed on Indian soil get an almighty shake in the second installment of this series. Babur put down the light green flag of the Mughals in Delhi and left it to his son and heir, Humayun to strengthen and enlarge the empire. While he was the son of his father in matters of warfare, Humayun slowly sank into the complacency of being a ruler and paid the ultimate prize for it. He not only had to deal with an enemy in the form of Sher Shah who The first tentative grapple hooks of the Mughal empire placed on Indian soil get an almighty shake in the second installment of this series.
Empire of the Moghul Series
Raiders from the north : empire of the Moghul