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Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan Hardcover - 2024

by Ruby Lal

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A captivating biography of one of the world's greatest adventurers, the itinerant Mughal Princess Gulbadan, based on her long-forgotten memoir

"Ruby Lal coaxes the remarkable Gulbadan out from the shadows of history."--Sara Wheeler, Wall Street Journal

Situated in the early decades of the magnificent Mughal Empire, this first ever biography of Princess Gulbadan offers an enthralling portrait of a charismatic adventurer and unique pictures of the multicultural society in which she lived. Following a migratory childhood that spanned Kabul and north India, Gulbadan spent her middle years in a walled harem established by her nephew Akbar to showcase his authority as the Great Emperor. Gulbadan longed for the exuberant itinerant lifestyle she'd known. With Akbar's blessing, she led an unprecedented sailing and overland voyage and guided harem women on an extended pilgrimage in Arabia. Amid increasing political tensions, the women's "un-Islamic" behavior forced their return, lengthened by a dramatic shipwreck in the Red Sea.

Gulbadan wrote a book upon her return, the only extant work of prose by a woman of the age. A portion of it is missing, either lost to history or redacted by officials who did not want the princess to have her say.

Vagabond Princess contemplates the story of the missing pages and breathes new life into a daring historical figure. It offers a portal to a richly complex world, rife with movement and migration, where women's conviviality, adventure, and autonomies shine through.

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  • Title Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan
  • Author Ruby Lal
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Pages 280
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Yale University Press
  • Date 2024-02-27
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Maps
  • ISBN 9780300251272 / 0300251270
  • Weight 1.22 lbs (0.55 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.48 x 6.4 x 1.05 in (24.08 x 16.26 x 2.67 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 16th Century
    • Cultural Region: Middle Eastern
    • Sex & Gender: Feminine
  • Library of Congress subjects Mogul Empire - History, Princesses - Mogul Empire
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2023941958
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

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Citations

  • Kirkus Reviews, 01/01/2024, Page 0
  • Library Journal, 01/19/2024, Page 1
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/08/2024, Page 0

About the author

Ruby Lal is an acclaimed historian of India, a professor at Emory University, and the author of three books and numerous essays, op-eds, and literary pieces. Her book Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan won the Georgia Author of the Year Award in biography and was a finalist in history for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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