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Beneath a Marble Sky

John Shors

In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence between the disparate peoples in the empire. At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir, most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly north of Bombay to the Himalayas). Beneath a Marble Sky, narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of perfection. In a splendid debut, John Shors has crafted an immensely readable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance.

In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence between the disparate peoples in the empire. At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir, most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly north of Bombay to the Himalayas). Beneath a Marble Sky, narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of perfection. In a splendid debut, John Shors has crafted an immensely readable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence between the disparate peoples in the empire. At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir, most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly north of Bombay to the Himalayas). Beneath a Marble Sky, narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of perfection. In a splendid debut, John Shors has crafted an immensely readable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mozhan Marno

Length:

13h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

38:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

37:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

37:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

41:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

40:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

35:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

43:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

55:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

35:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

34:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

30:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

36:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

46:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

32:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:14