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The unhappy lives of emporers (copy)

By Graeme  

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In the Shadow of the Gods: The Emperor in World History

by Dominic Lieven

Allen Lane (RRP: £35)

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Suleyman II remarked that when he was taken from the harem to ascend the Ottoman throne, he thought he was going to be executed. He had good reason to be alarmed. His ancestor Suleyman I had his eldest son and two of his grandsons murdered; the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb bumped…

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