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Raghuraj Singh Chauhan, Madhukar Tewari
Number of Pages
Hard Back
Publisher: Goyal Publishers

Juliana Nama is a mysterious and historical romantic tale of a legendary European lady and a Mughal Prince, son of Aurangzeb, based  on archival evidences scattered around the world. Juliana lived with Prince ShahAlam(Bahadur Shah I) (1643-1712) for more than 45 years. The heroine of this book appears for the first time as Juliana Dias da Costa in a Portuguese document from the oldest Historical Archives of Asia in Goa, while in Persian she is mentioned as a favourite of Bahadur Shah solely in Tarikh-i-Muhammadi. The saga of Juliana includes the fact that she herself managed tactfully to serve the Prince Shah Alam in prison for 7 long years at the greatest risk of her life. It explores a serious inquiry into her phenomenal rise to the height of nobility at the richest court in those volatile times when the gruesome and bloodiest wars for ascending the Peacock Throne were fought. Some ofher epithets are
- Dona, Fidwi Duago Bahadur Shah, Madame de Maintenon,  Khanum,  Amazon,  and  Oracle  of  the Emperor. She was popularly known as Bibi Julena. Among the Mughal nobility, she was a tutor of the Princes and Princesses, a Doctor for the royal ladies, and Charge de Affairs of the Harem, the royal table and  the  jewellery,   besides   being  a  Jagirdar,  a Mansabdar, an  Employer, a  Diplomat and  a Portuguese Ambassador. She was Patron of Orphans, Mother of the Society of Jesus, worthy Benefactress of the College and Mission of Agra, and also the Financer of the Jesuit Mission to Tibet sent by the Pope. She lived in the finest mansion ofthe time {The Mansion of Dara Shikoh) in Delhi, had a hoard of jewels and aJagir of 4 villages in the vicinity ofDelhi, and a village Manori near Bombay. Her social welfare
activity includes a Church and a Sarai (Julena Sarai) built in Delhi. Her multifaceted iconic personality and refined multilingual attributes are well reflected while greeting the Dutch Embassy in strict royal etiquettes, customs and manners, followed by organising a special musical concert of the Dutch Musicians who played violin, harp and hautboy to entertain the Emperor and his Queens, and separately the Princes and the Amirs. The gifts presented by the Dutch to the Emperor, his Wazir and a Prince alone amounted to over rupees 30 crores. Moreover, in Portuguese interest, she made the richest port of Surat duty-free. Though ennobled by the Mughal Emperor and also by the Portuguese King who granted her the highest honour  of nobility - The Habit of Christ, Juliana remained down to earth in her life style. The Pope also honoured her grand services to the Christianity.

Such a charismatic figure of Indian Medieval History
- Juliana, has been lost in the mist of time. This Juliana Nama unfolds a new chapter oflndian history bearing an international appeal and answers all the curious questions about Juliana.

It is since 1980 that we kept the flame of our passion for research on Juliana burning alive despite our official responsibilities and social commitments. Such a long time was devoted to locate, decipher, translate and analyse the study material before writing this book. The extent and diversity of the primary as well as the secondary sources include more than 100 archival documents in Portuguese, besides sources in other languages, such as, Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, English, Dutch, French, Italian and German.

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