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Humayun's Tomb | Delhi, India | by t linn
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Humayun's Tomb | Delhi, India

My favorite quote about Humayun comes from Stanley Lane-Poole, who published a book about medieval India in 1903. He writes, "[Humayun's] name meant 'the winner' (Lucky/Conqueror). There is no kind in the history to be named as wrong as Humayun.... Scarcely had he enjoyed his throne for six months in Delhi when he slipped down from the polished steps of his palace and died in his forty-ninth year. If there was a possibility of falling, Humayun was not the man to miss it. He tumbled through his life and tumbled out of it."


Humayun was the second emperor of the Mughal empire, son of its conquering founder, Babur, and father to its greatest ruler, Akbar. Unfortunately he was poorly equipped to lead—too forgiving, too timid, too indecisive and addicted to drugs and alcohol. After only a decade on the throne Humayun was forced to flee to Persia. It was a full fifteen years later, and only with the help of the Persians and a general more capable than himself, that he was able re-establish the Mughal empire in 1555. He died six months later after falling down a staircase with an arm full of books.


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Taken on December 28, 2017