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Title:Travels in the Mogul Empire A.D. 1656 - 1668
Publisher:Asian Educational Service
Remarks:B&W Illustrations, Maps, Appendices and Index.
Size:125 x 186 mm
Francois Bernier was a French doctor who, with a desire to see the world, travelled to, and then travelled in India from 1656 to 1669. This fascinating work written in the form of a series of letters to people back home offers eye witness accounts of the politics and intrigues in the Mugal court just before the capture of the Mugal throne by Aurangzeb. Many incidents are described in detail including the war for the throne between the 4 sons of Shahjanan. It recounts the splendour of the Mugal court, its courtiers, the occupation of the people of the Mugal Empire. Being a doctor he was one of the rare males to be admitted into the zenna (women’s quarters) of Aurangezeb. Bernier travelled all over the Mugal Empire including travelling with the court of aurangzeb to Kashmir. He gives a vivid description of the cities he visited esp Delhi and Agra and Lahore and details the daily life of the people with amusing anecdotes.
François Bernier (25 September 1620 – 22 September 1688) was a French physician and traveller. He was born at joue-Etiau in Anjou. He was briefly personal physician to Mughal prince Dara Shikon (28 October 1615 – 30 August 1659), the elder son of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, and after Dara Shikoh's demise, was attached to the court of the Mughal emperor Aurangzed (14 October 1618 – 20 February 1707), for around 12 years during his stay in India.