The Last Mughal

By William Dalrymple, read by Robert Bathurst and abridged by Libby Spurrier.

When in 1857 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company's own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.

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By William Dalrymple, read by Robert Bathurst and abridged by Libby Spurrier.

When in 1857 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company's own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.1852 - After months of careful preparation, the marriage procession of Zafar's favourite son leaves Delhi's Red Fort in the most spectacular fashion.

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With the British and Mughal societies growing further and further apart, the scene is set for a clash of rival fundamentalisms.

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On May 11, 1857, the mutineers seize control of Delhi.

With an army intent on the massacre of all Christians, the British flee to safety outside the city walls.

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With the Christians expelled from the city, Zafar's greatest fear becomes reality as tensions rise between Delhi's Muslims and Hindus.

And the British are rallying their remaining troops for a bloody revenge.

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The British launch their long awaited assault on Delhi and the last of the Mughal Emperors spends his final night in the Red Fort.

This 350-year-old dynasty faces a tragic and bloody end.