back to the politics and intrigues of
17th-century Hindustan (northern India).
Emperor Shah Jahan's beloved wife, Mumtaz
Mahal, is dead (giving birth to their 14th
child) and he's determined to build the most
beautiful and magnificent mausoleum ever
seen to house the body of the woman he
called Taj. The story is told by Jahanara,
the favorite daughter of the Emperor and
Life was good when her mother
was alive, but following her death the
Emperor is grief stricken and barely able to
rule. Meanwhile, his second son, Aurangzeb,
starts to build his brutal power base in a
clear attempt to oust Jahanara's older
brother, Dara, from his role as heir...
Beyond the Book
When reading historical fiction I always
like to know what is fact and what is
fiction. So, two years ago, when I first
recommended Beneath A Marble Sky
hardcover, I asked John where fact ended and
fiction began, to which he answered, "About 65% of
Beneath a Marble Sky
is based upon hard
facts. All of the royal characters, for
instance, were real people and acted as they
do in my book. I did make up a few of the
characters such as Nizam and Ladli, and the
relationship between Jahanara and Isa is the
result of my imagination."
He is working on a new book but that is
having to take a back seat while he...