Lucknow: Fire of Grace
Lucknow: Fire of Grace is the first full-length, historical and contemporary narrative, spanning a period of 250 years, of the Indian subcontinent’s most fascinating city-culture.
In 1722, as the Mughal empire embarked on the descent to its collapse, a wazirdari arose in Awadh. Led by Mughal officers and Persian adventurers, it marked a break in world culture. Combining power, aristocracy, freedom, science and subterfuge, Awadh became India’s first modern and secular kingdom. It was the last kingdom to be annexed in 1856, and the city of Lucknow fought valiantly against the British the following year, a keystone in the Revolt of 1857. The city never recovered from its defeat, nor would it be revived after India’s independence in 1947. December 6, 1992, seemed to many the final nail in the coffin of a once magnificent culture. Very little of Awadh’s past splendour remains today, but Lucknow has struggled on, not yet entirely bereft of the things that made it one of the greatest cities in Indian history.
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
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