Last Mughal, The [Book Of The Week]

By William Dalrymple, read by Robert Bathurst and abridged by Libby Spurrier.

When in 1857 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company's own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.



1852 - After months of careful preparation, the marriage procession of Zafar's favourite son leaves Delhi's Red Fort in the most spectacular fashion.


With the British and Mughal societies growing further and further apart, the scene is set for a clash of rival fundamentalisms.


On May 11, 1857, the mutineers seize control of Delhi.

With an army intent on the massacre of all Christians, the British flee to safety outside the city walls.


With the Christians expelled from the city, Zafar's greatest fear becomes reality as tensions rise between Delhi's Muslims and Hindus.

And the British are rallying their remaining troops for a bloody revenge.

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The British launch their long awaited assault on Delhi and the last of the Mughal Emperors spends his final night in the Red Fort.

This 350-year-old dynasty faces a tragic and bloody end.