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Beneath a Marble Sky

By John Shors

Beneath a Marble Sky
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2004,
    325 pages.
    Paperback: Jun 2006,
    352 pages.

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An impressive debut about the building of the Taj Mahal. 1st Novel

Travel 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 Mumtaz Mahal.

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 presumptive; and ...

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