Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant

Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant

Michael Axworthy


Nader Shah, ruler of Persia from 1736 to 1747, embodied ruthless ambition, strength, army brilliance, cynicism and cruelty. His reign used to be full of bloodshed, betrayal and horror. but Nader Shah is crucial to Iran's early glossy historical past. From a shepherd boy he rose to free up his kingdom from overseas career, and make himself Shah. He took eighteenth-century Iran from political cave in to turn into the dominant strength within the area, improving Herat and Kandahar, conquering Moghul Delhi, plundering the large treasures of India, time and again defeating Ottoman Turkey, and overrunning so much of what's now Iraq. yet suspicion and avarice led him to persecute the Persian humans as savagely as any overseas conqueror had performed. The Sword of Persia recreates the tale of a extraordinary, ruthless guy, in a position to either attraction and brutality, who turned a monster of insane cruelty. it's a wealthy narrative, filled with dramatic incident, together with a lot new learn into unique Iranian and different fabric, that allows you to end up quintessential to historians and students.

‘The top biography of the year...a marvelous creation to Iran itself...not only a beautifully-written compelling paintings yet person who can be completely correct today.’ Simon Sebag Montefiore

‘a very winning [biography]. Michael Axworthy understands his Persia...and he writes good: this can be a great tale, very ably told.’ David Morgan, instances Literary complement

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