BAMBER GASCOIGNE is perhaps best known as the presenter of the popular British television quiz show University Challenge between 1962 and 1987. He wrote and presented a thirteen-part TV series, The Christians (1977), which led to a bestselling book, and another, Man and Music. Gascoigne was for a number of years a drama critic for the Spectator and the Observer. He won scholarships to Eton and Cambridge and a Harkness Fellowship to Yale. He is the author of a number of books on theatre, art and cultural history, often in partnership with his wife Christina. Several of his books, including A Brief History of the Great Moghuls, contain photographs taken by her.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GREAT MOGHULS
‘Entertainingly written history . . . ravishingly beautiful photographs.’ The Times
Bamber Gascoigne’s classic book tells of the most fascinating period of Indian history, the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when the country was ruled by the extraordinarily talented dynasty of emperors known to European travellers as ‘the Great Moghuls’, for their almost limitless power and incomparable wealth.
Here is a unique picture of the way of life of India’s most flamboyant rulers, their sublime palaces, their passions in art, science and religion, and their sophisticated system of administration that stabilized the greater part of India and was later adopted by the British.
Acclaimed by travellers and scholars alike, and beautifully illustrated in colour with sixteen pages of photographs, this is a book for anyone with an interest in India’s glorious past and an engaging survey of a splendid culture and its singular achievements.