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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Seeing historically the devotion and treachery of Aurangzeb, I can understand what Lasky was trying to portray here, but it came across as unrealistic to me to have him so well-read and established at such a young age. Enjoy the historic and clever wit of those in power and the strange and cruel reality of being a princess.

Interesting to read about the life of women, even princesses and empresses, in India where they were not to ot seen by men outside of the court and could be attended to only by eunuchs. Jahanara is “Princess of Princesses” because she is the favorite daughter of her father. Manrang Devi of Gwalior 1.

Through the example of her mother, she learns that women have a great influence on there husbands when it comes to ruling.

Jahanara bathed in her wealth or worried about her mother and brother.

The events that do occur, like her father being crowned emperor, are exciting but happen rather infrequently. But what I said about that 18th-century French princess applies just as well if not better to this 17th-century Indian princess.

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However, under a wise and intelligent ruler such as her father, the women are solicited for their opinions on politics, and relied upon heavily for their intelligence and wit. I get the sense that Jahanara is jahsnara wiser than she prncess — she’s a quiet, clever type, always observing and listening.

In the s, the Mughal emperors of India were among the greatest rulers of the East. Jahanara, favorite daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan and the most beloved of his four wives, writes about family jahanata, court intrigues, and war strategies, as well as the extravagant lifestyle of her royal family, who live in a setting where wall murals of flowers crafted in gem Steeped in period detail and related with immediacy by an intelligent, sensitive, year-old princess, this entry in the Royal Diaries series transports readers to seventeenth-century India during the Moghul Dynasty.

But Aroungzeb grows to be a constant dark in the light, despite the fact that princdss story portrays him at ten. Just as a warning though, the ending is very bittersweet, there is a polygamous marriage, and mentions of harems and a child being sold for food, so this book might raise some questions about those things.

Well, Jahanara hasn’t, because her dad is still drawing up the plans. I knew very little about pre-British empire Indian history before reading this book, and like any well-written piece of historical fiction, it made me want to learn more. However Jahanara soon realized that not all proncesses would be the same again. Shah Jahan became seriously ill in Hardcoverpages. Showing of 63 reviews.


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That’s how much I remember loving this book when I was If your into history and long lost opinions then you’ll love reading the royal rpincess by Kathryn Lasky.

It’s nonEurocentric, which is nice, and has an engaging story. Teenage ramblings of princess Jahanarashe is the daughter of Moghul emperor Shahjahan.

Also Part of This Series. Go To Your Account. Good for kids interested in princesses not European.

How Old Are You? Let no one cover my grave except with greenery, For this very grass suffices as a tomb cover for the poor.

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Dec 15, Caitlin W. Marie Antoinette had the problem of always being on display; for Jahanara, it’s the opposite. The Primcesses of a Legend is the 16th book but is a prequel to the series. Get to Know Us. She has everything but she doesn’t have the freedom to live her life pgincess. This site uses cookies. I thought the constant themes of belonging and family were a good thread to connect the entire book with, not to mention the running motif of Nur Mahal’s evilness.