Anthony Sattin

The remarkable Princess Gulbadan, flower of the Mughal court

Emperor Babur’s beloved daughter – whose name means ‘body like a rose’ – speaks to us across the centuries in a cliffhanging account of royal life in Hindustan

Humayun attending the celebrations held at the time of Akbar’s circumcision. The woman dressed in green holding a book (top right) is thought to be Princess Gulbadan. [Bridgeman Images]

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