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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755347625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755347629
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The greatest story you never knew - how one of the most powerful empires in the history of the world rose to greatness, and destroyed itself

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Alex Rutherford is Diana Preston and her husband Michael.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eve on 9 Dec. 2012
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I am two-thirds through this book, having read, back-to-back the previous three in this series, and am completely absorbed in the history of the Moghul empire. Bearing in mind, of course, that Mr Rutherford 'ties together' the actual historical facts with likely day-to-day occurences, this series has given me a huge insight into the hardships and successes during the spread of the dynasty.

My interest in this series was sparked by Conn Iggulden's excellent series of Genghis Khan, his sons and grandsons. The emperor Babur, the first in this Moghul series, follows his revered ancestor approximately 400 years later and continues to forge his dynasty with the same ambition and ruthlessness.

This series has taught me a fascinating slice of history of which I knew nothing, and I cannot wait to fniish this book and read the final edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Britten on 25 Nov. 2012
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Mehrunissa seems destined to spend her life in a loveless and violent marriage, stuck in the backwaters of the city of Gaur far from the splendors of the Moghul court. When her husband is brutally assassinated her life is changed forever and she is summoned to the harem of the Jahangir, the new crowned Moghul emperor.

Jahangir, is now ruler over most of the Indian subcontinent. With wealth beyond the dreams of most men, he must be utterly ruthless if he wants to hold on to that power. As love blossoms between Mehrunissa and Jahangir she finds the power of the Moghul throne intoxicating and with Jahangir enjoying the pleasures of wine and opium she finds herself as de facto ruler of the Moghul empire.

As her influence grows she must careful manage the relationships between Jahangir and his ambitious sons but as Mehrunissa plots and schemes to maintain and increase her power she drives a wedge between Jahangir and his eldest son Khurram and the Moghul empire explodes into rebellion and war.

With Khurram growing in strength and rebellious nobles resentful of her influence seeking her downfall, Mehrunissa must use all of her guile and power if her and Jahangir are to maintain their grip on the Tainted Throne.

Tainted Throne is the fourth book in the Empire of the Moghul series but can easily be read on its own.

I have to admit not being a huge fan of the previous three books but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. This book is about relationships, how does a man of unparallelled power and wealth deal with sons who want that same power and wealth, especially when they become successful? Does he feel pride in their achievements or view them with suspicion and fear?
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Probably the best love story the world has ever known. Young love between a prince and a pauper which culminated in the largest and most magnificent tribute ever to a wife in the known history of the world. Yes, I am referring to the opulent yet magnificent Taj Mahal, which remains an unprecedented and unparalleled tribute to love of a woman. The authors faced a very difficult task to create a fitting story to match the famous structure, and I believe they have succeeded. The fourth novel in the Moghul series is the most engaging and riveting out the four so far, complete with a vamp in the Emperor's wife, vivid battle scenes, love and support. There is added spice of Europeans in the mix as mercenaries and tradesmen making the story even more sumptuous.
Authors have done a wonderful job of filling the blanks in the great story. Why was Mehrunissa so powerful? What drove her on? How did Arjumand and Khurrum become so much in love? What single fundamental question did every Moghul prince have to contend in his life?

I feel this was the best novel in the wonderful series so far. It just keeps getting better and better.
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I am reading this series of books by Alex Rutherford. Excellent read and seems historically correct. I checked some facts on the internet and his writing all ties in. It also makes a change from the usual European based historical novels. I should imagine most people know little of the Moghul empire, which is a pity, as they were more impressive than other empires.
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By C.M. on 4 Feb. 2014
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More, more, please. Is there more?
It is a history, like the history of any country, any people that reflect what also happens today.
There are many lessons to be learned for anyone who may want to learn from human victories and failures and so improve matters for all..

Beautifully written it came to life for me.
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