Travels in the Mughal Empire by Francois Bernier
The book Travels in the Mogul Empire A. D. 1656-68 by Francois Bernier continues to remain as important and popular as it was in 1671 when its English edition was published. Francois Bernier, being a physician, had unlimited access. In Mughal India, he could go anywhere from South to North. This freedom of movement combined with his powers of observation adds authority to his narrative. His account of various events during Mughal regime is interesting because it not only deals with Shah Jahan and his children, their intrigues and battles for the throne but it also deals with subjects like the reception of ambassadors; the upbringing of princes; the bravery of Uzbek women; the beauty of Kashmiri women; fishes in the Verinag pool; price of wine; living conditions in the cities of Agra, Delhi and Lahore; flattery in Mughal court; corrupt officials; a wealth of the Mughals and condition of the peasants, etc.
Publisher - Gulshan Books
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