ISBN 9780312573225,Raiders from the North: Empire of the Moghul

Raiders from the North: Empire of the Moghul



Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9780312573225

ISBN-10 0312573227

Paper Back

Number of Pages 434 Pages
Language (English)


Raiders from the North: Empire of the Moghul is based on Babur's famed memoirs, the Baburnama. They give an insight into Babur's social, political, and religious philosophy. Alex Rutherford has carefully recreated the events of centuries ago, using the memoirs as the base.
The rise of the Moghul empire has fascinated historians over the ages. The genesis was in the small kingdom of Ferghana in the year 1494. The king dies and the prince Babur stands ready to succeed him. Babur is just 12 years of age, and given his young age and lack of experience, claimants to the throne rise in numbers. Plots are hatched, but the conspirators carelessly ignore Babur's searing ambition.
At the age of 12, Babur has grandiose plans. He aims to follow the footsteps of his great forefather, Timur the Warrior, who managed to control the rich lands between India and the Mediterranean.
Even as his rivals realise that they had miscalculated while dismissing Babur as a young and pliant prince, Babur is instructed in the intricacies of statecraft by his military mentor Wazir Khan, grandmother Esan Dawlat, and mother Kutlugh Nigar. Together, they begin a campaign to prepare Babur on how to establish his reign, in order to ensure that he realises his dream of following Timur's footsteps.

With his trusted advisers and his canny mind, Babur soon achieves his objective. However, the journey is not an easy one. With the claimants to the throne proving to be powerful enemies, every step that Babur takes is fraught with danger. But destiny cannot be denied, and by the time his life comes to an end, Babur establishes a powerful and rich dynasty whose achievements remain to be talked about to this day.