Friday, July 29, 2011

Francois Bernier: French Traveller to the Mughal Court

Francois Bernier was a French Traveller to the Mughal Empire in the reign of fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. He was a physician by profession. He was attached to the court of Shah Jahan and was witness to the fierce war of succession among the sons of Shah Jahan. His History of the Late Rebellion in the States of the Great Mughal, describing the war of succession, was published in 1670.

After the battle of Samugarh, Francois Bernier successively joined the services of Mirza Raja Jai Singh of Amber, the Portuguese of Goa and Sultan Abul Hassan Qutb Shah of Golconda. He later moved to Madras, where he died in 1717. His book, Travels in the Mughal Empire, is one of the most valuable sources of the Mughal Empire.

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