All the characters that appear in Jahanara: Princess of Princesses. Jahanara: Princess of Princesses, India, , Kathryn Lasky, Shah Jahan’s stepmother, Nur Mahal, holds two of Jahanara’s brothers. Experience the sumptuous wealth and the unforgettable drama within the Moghul Dynasty of seventeenth-century India through Newbery Honor- author Kathryn.
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I never had one lick of the history of India in school, other than maybe a brief pass by the East India Trading Company, which is of course a tragedy, but reading books like this desperately makes me wish I had.
Indian history is fascinating. If you are like me and know very little Indian history, which is to my shame, Jahanara is the daughter of Mumtaz Mahal, the favourite wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal for Mumtaz.
They observer purdah, which means that they do not go out in public and are not seen by men outside of the prncesses, and Jahanara, at fourteen, feels trapped. Like any royal family, especially one with a multitude of wives, they have priness fair share of drama and struggle. Jahanara worries about her brothers and stresses about her grandmother, to the point that her tutor Satty begins to castigate prinncesses for not doing well.
Jahanara tells Panipat, the chief eunuch, about her worries, and he tells her to be still in her mind until the plan is revealed. And that is where her father receives Nur Mahal, and declares that their future trade with the East India Company is far more important than her.
One of the things that this book focuses on is the material culture surrounding the imperial court—their palaces and their clothing and the food oh dear, so much food and the gemstones. The ankles, though, are trimmed with yellow diamonds and emeralds that have been sewn on to look like daffodils…I shall wear pricness emerald ankle bracelets and two toe rings, both diamonds that Ami gave me.
The coronation is particularly beautiful, and one of the things Shah Jahan can demand is the return of his other sons—although Nur Mahal negotiates that she will stay as well, though in special apartments. Jahanara and her other siblings are very excited about the return of her brothers, and discuss it endlessly, even though her mother warns her that they will probably be changed from princessea she remembers of them.
When she does meet them, Dara is overjoyed at being reunited, but Aurangzeb is much changed and seems like an old man rather than a child. And when the ladies of the court go on a picnic and Indira tells them Krishna stories, Aurangzeb is extremely rude and has to be taken away by a nursemaid. During Ramadan that year, Jahanara is bored and hungry all the time and eventually Dara and her strike on the idea of smuggling princexses during the day so no one will see.
During the fall and into princesses winter, Jahanara is bored with the monotony of the court. Anyway, Jahanara has the best time at the Flirting Bazaar, and manages to flirt with an Englishman from the East India Company, who speaks flawless Persian and has bright yellow hair, which she finds incredibly strange and fascinating.
Her father wins the battle against the rebel forces, and a few months later Jahanara learns that her mother is pregnant again for the fourteenth time. But in June, her mother goes into labour and suffers for days before bleeding to death.
I can never, ever fault Scholastic for introducing more novels about non-white royals, and this has some really beautiful writing in it to boot. Well worth a read! And yes, sapphires are awesome. They deserve to be more popular! Still super hot to princessfs at You are commenting using your WordPress.
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